January 10, 1978 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2000–2002||Tennessee Tech (asst.)|
|2002–2003||Michigan State (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
Niya Denise Butts (born January 10, 1978) is the former 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.
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.
Head Coaching Record
|Arizona (Pac-12 Conference) (2008–present)|
|2010–11||Arizona||21-12||10-8||T-4th||WNIT First Round|
|Arizona:||102–147 (.410)||34–110 (.236)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 30 Sep 2015.
- "2011–12 Tennessee Women's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). University of Tennessee. 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
- "University of Arizona coaching biography" (http). University of Arizona. 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
- "Former Arizona Head Coach Niya Butts Named Assistant Coach". WLEX-TV. 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
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