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NEWS: Niya Butts returning to women’s basketball program (USA)

niya+butts+arizona+ukNiya Butts, the former head coach at the University of Arizona, who prior to that stint served on Mickie DeMoss? and Matthew Mitchell?s coaching staffs at Kentucky, will return to UK as an assistant coach, Mitchell announced Saturday.

?I have thought a lot the last few weeks about chemistry within our coaching staff and one name that I kept coming back to was Niya Butts,? Mitchell said. ?I have worked with Niya as an assistant and was fortunate enough to have her on staff in my first year at Kentucky. I have said this before and still have complete confidence that Niya helps balance me out in a way that will positively impact our program. I love the way our staff is starting to take shape and I am excited about our future.?

This will be Butts? second stint at Kentucky after serving as an assistant coach from 2003-07 and associate head coach during the 2007-08 season, which was her final in Lexington before being named head coach at Arizona. The Americus, Ga., native served as the recruiting coordinator her final three seasons, bringing in two top-10 recruiting classes. In her final season, Butts helped Kentucky secure a winning Southeastern Conference record for only the third time in program history and second in the last three seasons.


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