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Women's Head Basketball Coach at Georgetown, Tasha Butts, Dies From Cancer at 41

Tasha Buttas. Photo/Instagram @tashabutts_hoyas

Georgetown's Women's Basketball coach, Tasha Butts, died from cancer at 41. According to Georgetown's athletic department, Tasha battled cancer for two years. According to CNN, she shared the news of her diagnosis during the 2020-2021 season while still coaching for Georgia Tech, where she led the team to the NCAA tournament. Tasha spent four years with Georgia Tech before becoming Georgetown's head coach in April 2023. Butts also coached for UCLA's and LSU's basketball programs.

Tasha Butts Announcing Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis. Photo/Shutterstock

Coach Butts played for the University of Tennessee under the leadership of basketball coach extraordinaire Pat Summit. She also played for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, Charlotte Sting, and Houston Comets. Coach Butts also played overseas in Portugal and Israel. Georgia Tech's head coach, Nell Fortner, said, “Tasha was so instrumental to the success of this program. What she did as a member of this coaching staff cannot be overvalued. 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 unfortunate 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.”

She is receiving an outpour of love from the NCAA, her former colleagues and teammates. According to CNN, Coach Butts leaves behind her parents, Spencer Sr. and Evelyn, brother Spencer Jr. and nephew Marquis.

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