Niya Butts

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Niya Butts
Sport(s) Women's college basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Arizona
Playing career
1996–2000 Tennessee
Position(s) Forward
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Tennessee Tech (asst.)
Michigan State (asst.)
Kentucky (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 56-49 (.533)

Niya Butts (born January 10, 1978) is the head women's basketball coach at the University of Arizona. As a player, she was a part of two national championships at the University of Tennessee.

Butts, a 6'0" forward from Americus, Georgia, played college basketball for Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee from 1996 to 2000. She was a reserve for the Lady Vols, averaging 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game, but was a part of National Championship teams in both 1997 and 1998. She was also a three-time Southeastern Conference All-Academic selection.[1]

Following the close of her playing career, Butts entered the coaching ranks by taking an assistant coach role at Tennessee Tech in 2000. After two years there, she spent a season at Michigan State, then moved to the University of Kentucky as an assistant for head coach Mickie DeMoss. She was promoted to associate head coach for the 2007–08 season.

In 2008, she was named the first African-American head women's basketball coach at Arizona.[2]


  1. ^ "2011–12 Tennessee Women's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). University of Tennessee. 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "University of Arizona coaching biography" (http). University of Arizona. 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 

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