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Butts Selected to ‘Next Up’ Initiative

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s basketball associate head coach Tasha Butts was one of 12 coaches selected by the Rising Coaches Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alliance’s third annual “Next Up” Head Coaches Training Initiative.

In her fourth season on The Flats, Butts has helped Georgia Tech women’s basketball to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, two 20-plus win campaigns and three winning seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In three seasons, the Yellow Jackets have posted a 65.2 winning percentage and climbed back into the national rankings. Last season, Georgia Tech spent 14 weeks in the national polls, climbing as high as No. 11 in the Associated Press rankings.

In 2021, Butts and the Yellow Jackets made a run to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for only the second time in program history after Tech received its first at-large berth into the tournament since 2014.

A coaching veteran, Butts joined Georgia Tech’s staff in April 2019. She was promoted associate head coach in 2021 and named the defensive coordinator in 2022.

The 12 member organizations who make up the DEI Alliance each nominated two coaches to represent their groups. Of the nominees, 12 coaches were selected by the DEI committee to participate in the Next Up Training Initiative in late October.

“Next Up 2022” Finalists
Britney Anderson – Stanford – Black Coaches Association
R-Jay Barsh – Florida State – Black Coaches Association
Alvin Brooks III – Baylor – Coaches 4 Change
Tasha Butts – Georgia Tech – Women of Color Coaches Network
Mansa El – Houston – embRACEus
Jeremy Growe – Furman – Jewish Coaches Association
Myia Johnson – Cincinnati – Rising Coaches
Akeem Miskdeen – Georgia – Be Ready
Jonneshia Pineda – Louisville – Latino Association of Basketball Coaches
Anthony Santos – Cal State Fullerton – Asian Coaches Association
Candice Walker – St. Johns – Women of Color Coaches Network
Kimani Young – UCONN – Coaches For Action

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