Amanda Butler : biography
Amanda Butler (born March 6, 1972) is an American college basketball coach and former player. Butler is the current head coach of the Florida Gators women's basketball team of the University of Florida.
Head coaching record
Amanda Butler was born in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee in 1972. She attended Mt. Juliet High School, graduating in 1990.GatorZone.com, Women's Basketball, Coaching & Support Staff, . Retrieved June 7, 2011. She was recruited to play for the University of Florida by the Gators' head coach, Carol Ross, and started at guard for four years. After finishing her playing career in 1994, she transitioned into coaching. Her first coaching job was as an assistant coach was at Florida, where she continued her education with a master of science degree in exercise and sport science in 1997. After leaving her job with Florida in 1997, she coached at Austin Peay from 1997 to 2001, and served as the associate head coach for former Charlotte head coach Katie Meier from 2001 to 2005.
Butler became the sixth head coach of the Charlotte 49ers women's basketball program on April 19, 2005. She was named Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year after twenty wins and a share of the regular season championship in her first year as coach.
After Carolyn Peck was released as the Gators head coach following the 2006–2007 season, Butler returned to her alma mater as the new head coach of the Gators women's basketball program on April 13, 2007.
In 2009, Butler served as an assistant coach to the U19 team, and competed in the FIBA Women's U19 World Championship. The USA lost the opening round game against Spain 90–86, but then went on to win their next eight games. In the quarterfinals, the USA team faced France, which held an eight point lead late in the second half, but the USA team took back the lead and won by eleven to advance to the semifinals. After beating Canada in the semifinals, they had a rematch against Spain, for the championship. This time the USA jumped out to an early lead, with a score of 33–16 at the end of the first quarter. The USA went on to win 87–71 to win the gold medal.
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