The University of Florida’s athletic director Scott Stricklin announced Monday that women’s basketball head coach Amanda Butler would not return next season. 

“Amanda obviously loves the University of Florida. She worked tirelessly trying to grow the program and help it achieve consistent success and her effort will always be appreciated,” Stricklin said.

“These decisions are always difficult, and more so in this instance because of the person Amanda is, and how well liked she is throughout the department.”

Butler, who turned 45 on Monday, was the Florida head coach for the last ten seasons, compiling a 190-137 record, but only won 71 SEC games out of 156.  Her teams made four NCAA Tournament appearances, but never got past the second round. 

Florida was ranked inside the Top-20 back in December, but the team faltered after the surprise quitting of star Eleanna Christinaki. Florida finished 15-16 on the season and only 5-11 in SEC play. 

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