Florida fires Amanda Butler

This file photo shows then-Florida women's basketball coach Amanda Butler on the sideline during a game in December. Florida AD Scott Stricklin announced Monday that Butler will not return next season.

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Published: Monday, March 6, 2017 at 4:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 6, 2017 at 4:26 p.m.

Amanda Butler will not return next season as head coach of the University of Florida women's basketball team, Athletics Director Scott Stricklin announced Monday.

The Gators finished the season with a 15-16 record, which culminated in a 67-48 loss to Texas A&M in the second round of the SEC Tournament last week. With a losing record, Florida was not eligible for a postseason tournament.

“I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me as a young head coach to return to my alma mater, a place I love and where I developed many special relationships and memories,” Butler said in a UF release. “The future is bright for the program.”

In 10 seasons at Florida, Butler led the Gators to the NCAA tournament four times, although Florida failed to make it farther than the second round. Butler's 190 wins rank second in program history behind Carol Ross' 247, but the Gators struggled to compete in the SEC.

Florida accumulated a 71-85 record in conference play under Butler, and UF's highest finish in SEC play was a tie for fourth in 2008-09 and 2015-16.

“We will immediately begin the process of finding a new women's basketball coach,” Stricklin said in the release. “I believe this program has the resources and support to achieve sustained success and compete for championships.”

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