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Georgetown University Women’s Basketball Coach Tasha Butts Dies After Two-Years Battling Breast Cancer


The athletic department of Georgetown University confirmed on Monday that Tasha Butts, the head coach of the women’s basketball team, passed away on Monday at the age of 41 following a two-year struggle with breast cancer.

“I am heartbroken for Tasha’s family, friends, players, teammates and colleagues,” Lee Reed, Georgetown’s athletic director, said in a statement.

“When I met Tasha, I knew she was a winner on the court, and an incredible person whose drive, passion and determination was second to none. She exhibited these qualities both as a leader and in her fight against breast cancer.

“This is a difficult time for the entire Georgetown community, and we will come together to honor her memory.”

Butts spent four years as a member of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets coaching staff before being hired head coach of the Hoyas in April. In 2021, she received a promotion to associate head coach.

During the 2020–21 season, Butts revealed that she had been diagnosed with advanced-stage metastatic breast cancer. While undergoing treatment, Butts assisted Georgia Tech in securing a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

“Tasha was so instrumental to the success of this program. What she did as a member of this coaching staff cannot be overvalued,” Georgia Tech women’s head coach Nell Fortner said in a statement.

“She was tough – tough on her kids, tough in her expectations, but yet she was soft underneath when players needed her to be there for them, and she was always there for them. We are incredibly sad this day has come.

“She battled from the day of her diagnosis. We are proud of her fight to the end. We will forever love Tasha. She will forever be missed.”

Before becoming a coach, Butts was selected in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx out of the University of Tennessee. She participated in 30 games as a rookie, leading the team to a record 18 wins and a postseason trip.

“Our hearts are heavy as we learn of the passing of Tasha Butts,” the WNBA posted on X.

“A beloved member of the basketball community, Tasha was drafted 20th overall in 2004 by the Minnesota Lynx after a legendary career at Tennessee, and was continuing her legacy as a renowned coach at the college level.”

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