UF extends Butler's contract through 2017

Amanda Butler has compiled a 98-67 record in her first five years as the UF women's basketball coach.

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Published: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 5:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 5:54 p.m.

Already the winningest coach through her first five years in program history, Florida women's basketball coach Amanda Butler had her contract extended through the 2016-17 season, athletics director Jeremy Foley announced Wednesday.

"I like the direction our program is headed," Foley said. "We know Amanda will be our coach for a long time. We're excited about the future of the Gator women's basketball program."

The only coach to lead the Gators to a postseason berth in each of her inaugural five years, Butler guided the 2012 squad to the NCAA Tournament where Florida fell to eventual NCAA champion Baylor and capped the season with the program's 12th 20-win season and the third under Butler.

Through her first five seasons at her alma mater where Butler has compiled a 98-67 record, two Gators have earned All-America honors under her tutelage, while three have been voted First Team All-Southeastern Conference and three have earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. The Gators have compiled 16 total SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades during Butler's tenure, with eight Gators having earned a spot on the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

"It's always great to be a Florida Gator," Butler said. "To have the confidence that Jeremy has in my staff and me feels fantastic. It makes us even more excited about the future of the program and where it's headed. We're at the best university in the country under the best leadership in the country and to have their vote of confidence means everything."

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