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Clemson parts ways with women’s basketball coach Amanda Butler

Toby Corriston
Clemson and women’s basketball head coach Amanda Butler parted ways on Tuesday morning following a 12-19 season.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include Clemson Athletics’ statement on parting ways with Amanda Butler.

Clemson parted ways with women’s basketball head coach Amanda Butler on Tuesday, as first reported by The Next’s Talia Goodman and confirmed by TigerNet’s David Hood.

The departure comes after a 12-19 overall record for the Tigers this season, where they finished conference play with a 5-13 record. The record translated to a 12th-place finish in the ACC this season.

Butler will finish her Clemson tenure with an 81-106 overall record while finishing 32-73 in ACC play over six seasons. While Butler led the Tigers to an NCAA Tournament appearance in her first season at the helm in 2018-2019, where Clemson reached the second round of the Big Dance, she did not go back for the rest of her time at Littlejohn Coliseum. She reached the Super 16 of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in the 2022-2023 season.

The team most recently rounded out this season with a first-round loss in the ACC Tournament, losing by double-digits to Boston College.

Here is Clemson’s full statement on parting ways with Butler:

Clemson Director of Athletics Graham Neff announced that Amanda Butler will not return as head coach of the women’s basketball program. In six seasons, Clemson had an 81-106 (.433) overall record, including a 32-73 (.305) mark in ACC play. The Tigers finished 12-19 overall and 5-13 in ACC play in 2023-24. 

“I thank Amanda for her contributions to our basketball program as head coach for the past six seasons and wish her the best in the future,” said Neff. “We are committed to completing a national search for the next leader of the program as the sport continues to grow. We believe that we are resourced and supported in a way to make this one of the top teams in the nation every year.”  

Butler led the program to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years during her first season in 2018-19, when she was named ACC Coach of the Year. She coached three All-ACC selections, Kobi Thornton, Delicia Washington and Amari Robinson. 

Butler was the program’s seventh head coach in 49 seasons, and previously served as head coach at Florida and Charlotte prior to taking the role at Clemson. 

The women’s basketball program has participated in 16 NCAA Tournaments, four NCAA Sweet Sixteens and has two ACC Championships. Clemson recently completed $63.5 million in upgrades to Littlejohn Coliseum, and recently received Phase I approval for a $40 million expansion and renovation to the team areas.

Clemson will now search for another head coach to lead its women’s basketball program next season, where they hope to get back to the top of the ACC.

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