Beth Couture

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Beth Couture
Sport(s) Basketball
Volleyball
Biographical details
Born (1962-07-27) July 27, 1962 (age 54)
Alma mater Erskine College, B.A., 1984
Furman University, M.A., 1987
Playing career
1980–1984 Erskine
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Women's volleyball
1987–1994 Presbyterian
Women's basketball
1987–1989 Presbyterian(assistant)
1989–2002 Presbyterian
2002–2014 Butler
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1993–2002 Presbyterian (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 406–244 (women's basketball)
233–50 (women's volleyball)
Tournaments 1–5 (WNIT)
2–6 (NCAA Division II women's basketball)
0–1 (NCAA Division II volleyball)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3 - SAC women's basketball regular season (1998, 1999, 2000)
4 - SAC women's basketball tournament (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000)
1 - SAC volleyball regular season (1990)
2 - SAC volleyball tournament (1992, 1993)
Awards
2010 Butler University Woman of Distinction
3 - SAC Volleyball Coach of the Year (1990, 1991, 1992)
4 - SAC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year (1994, 1997, 1999, 2000)
4 - Erskine Women's Basketball MVP (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
1984 Kodak All-American
Erskine College Hall of Fame

Beth Couture (born July 27, 1962) was the head women's basketball coach at Butler University.[1] From her first season at Butler in 2002–2003 through the 2011–2012 season, she compiled a 161–144 record including three consecutive WNIT appearances and four consecutive 20-win seasons, including a 23–10 mark in 2010, the most wins in team history.[2][3] In 2007, Couture's contract at Butler was extended through the 2011–12 season.[4]

Coaching history[edit]

Beth Couture began coaching on the collegiate level when she became the head volleyball coach at Presbyterian College in 1987. Between 1987 and 1994, she obtained a record of 233–50, was named SAC Volleyball coach of the year three times, and guided the Blue Hose volleyball team to three national tournaments, including the school’s first-ever NCAA postseason appearance in 1993.[2]

In addition to volleyball, Couture coached women's basketball on the collegiate level beginning in 1987, spending two seasons as an assistant at Presbyterian College from 1987 to 1989, arriving after three years at as the head coach at Dixie High School in Due West, South Carolina, where she posted a 49–28 record.[2] She was first named head coach for the 1989–90 season at Presbyterian. After thirteen seasons, Couture compiled a 258–117 (.688) overall record, including eight 20-win seasons. In addition, she led the program to the NCAA Division II national tournament six times in her final nine years. Further, Couture served as an assistant director of athletics from 1993–2002, until taking her position at Butler.

Couture also held the Beth Couture Basketball Camp each summer at Butler University.[5]

Personal life and education[edit]

Originally from Greenville, SC, Couture was a four-time women's basketball MVP at Erskine College, where she graduated in 1984. She was also selected as a Kodak All-American honoree as a senior and was inducted into the Erskine College Hall of Fame in December 1989.[6] After earning her bachelor's degree in Physical Education at Erskine, Couture earned her master's degree in the same field at Furman University in 1987.[7]

During Butler's most successful women's basketball season to date in 2009–10, Couture battled breast cancer, eventually entering radiation therapy following a mastectomy after undergoing chemotherapy.[8] She was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in April 2009.[9] Since entering remission in 2010, Couture is one of the Indianapolis community's leaders in the fight against the disease, participating in several breast cancer awareness events. She walked 38 miles over a two-day span for St. Vincent's Weekend to End Breast Cancer, was the 2011 honorary chairwoman for the St. Vincent Woman of Hope group, and was named a 2010 Woman of Distinction by Butler University.[2] During the men's NCAA Final Four in 2010, she and Butler Men's Basketball Coach Brad Stevens attended the annual Coaches vs. Cancer dinner together.[10] In September 2010, Couture and the Butler women's basketball team raised $7,145 for breast cancer research and Couture walked 38 miles over a two-day span as part of Saint Vincent's Weekend to End Breast Cancer.[11] In addition, the women's basketball team has worn pink uniforms to raise breast cancer awareness.[12]

Head coaching record[edit]

Women's basketball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Presbyterian Blue Hose (South Atlantic Conference) (1989–2002)
1989–90 Presbyterian 20–10 8–6 3
1990–91 Presbyterian 13–14 6–8 T–4
1991–92 Presbyterian 16–11 7–7 T–4
1992–93 Presbyterian 16–10 7–7 4
1993–94 Presbyterian 22–8 9–4 2 NCAA D-II Second Round
1994–95 Presbyterian 23–7 11–3 3 NCAA D-II First Round
1995–96 Presbyterian 13–14 6–8 T–5
1996–97 Presbyterian 17–10 8–6 T–3
1997–98 Presbyterian 23–8 11–3 T–1 NCAA D-II Region Semifinals
1998–99 Presbyterian 24–6 11–3 T–1 NCAA D-II First Round
1999–00 Presbyterian 28–2 15–1 1 NCAA D-II Region Semifinals
2000–01 Presbyterian 22–8 11–3 T–2
2001–02 Presbyterian 21–9 10–4 T–2 NCAA D-II First Round
Presbyterian: 258–117 120–63
Butler Bulldogs (Horizon League) (2002–2012)
2002–03 Butler 6–23 3–13 T–8
2003–04 Butler 14–15 9–7 T–4
2004–05 Butler 14–14 8–8 5
2005–06 Butler 15–14 9–7 4
2006–07 Butler 16–15 11–5 T–2
2007–08 Butler 20–10 10–8 T–4
2008–09 Butler 20–12 14–4 2 WNIT Second Round
2009–10 Butler 23–10 14–4 T–2 WNIT
2010–11 Butler 20–14 12–6 T–2 WNIT
2011–12 Butler 13–17 9–9 5
Horizon League: 99–71
Butler Bulldogs (Atlantic 10) (2012–2013)
2012–13 Butler 17–14 8–6 6 WNIT
Atlantic 10: 8–6
Butler Bulldogs (Big East) (2013–2014)
2013–14 Butler 15–16 10–8 6th WNIT
Big East: 10–8
Butler: 193–174 117–85
Total: 456–291

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Women's volleyball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Presbyterian Blue Hose (South Atlantic Conference) (1987–1993)
1987 Presbyterian 40–5
1988 Presbyterian 27–10
1989 Presbyterian 30–8 12–2 2
1990 Presbyterian 28–8 7–0 1
1991 Presbyterian 42–4 7–0 1*
1992 Presbyterian 33–7 6–1 2
1993 Presbyterian 33–8 6–1 2 NCAA Division II First Round
Presbyterian: 233–50 (.823)
Total: 233–50 (.823)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA.com. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Beth Couture - Profile". Butlersports.com. Butler University. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Bulldogs Take 3-0 Record Into Cleveland State Game". Butlersports.com. Butler University. February 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  4. ^ "Beth Couture To Remain At Butler Through 2011-12". Butlersports.com. Butler University. September 7, 2007. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Official Website of Beth Couture Basketball Camps". bcbasketballcamps.com. Butler Bulldogs - Women's Basketball Camps. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame". Erskinecollegesports.com. Erskine College. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  7. ^ "Head Coach Beth Couture". bcbasketballcamps.com. Butler Bulldogs - Women's Basketball Camps. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  8. ^ Woods, David (November 26, 2009). "Butler coach treats breast cancer as foe". Indy.com. Star Media. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  9. ^ Gomez, Gina (November 27, 2009). "Butler University Basketball Coach Successfully Battles Breast Cancer". thaindian.com. Thaindian News. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  10. ^ "Butler’s Stevens keeps adding to resume". NCAADaily.com. NCAA Sports sNews. March 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  11. ^ "Couture And Beth's Bulldogs Set To End Breast Cancer". Butlersports.com. Butler University. September 24, 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  12. ^ "Butler Women’s Team To Wear Pink For Cancer Event". http://indyhiphop.com. Radio One. February 12, 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-20.  External link in |work= (help)