Georgetown Basketball Coach Tasha Butts Dies At 41 After Breast Cancer Battle

Washington DC June 28, 2022 Campus of Georgetown University Hoyas Football Field


Georgetown women’s basketball head coach Tasha Butts has passed away.

The university athletic department announced her passing on Monday, October 23, following a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 41 years old.

“I am heartbroken for Tasha’s family, friends, players, teammates and colleagues,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed 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 had a successful career as an assistant head coach at Duquesne, UCLA, and LSU, before becoming associate head coach at Georgia Tech. She joined Georgiatown as head coach in April 2023.

Butts helped Georgia Tech to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, most recently during the 2021-22 campaign. It was that same year that Butts announced she had been diagnosed with advanced-stage metastatic breast cancer.

With the 2023-24 college basketball season set to kick off in November, Georgetown has named Darnell Haney as the interim head coach.

“Tasha’s passing is a devastating loss. She was extraordinary—Tasha was a person of character, determination, vision, and kindness. She will be deeply missed by our community and by so many people around the country who have been inspired by her life. We offer her family our most sincere condolences,” said University President John J. DeGioia

The Hoyas will continue the Tasha Tough initiative throughout the season in Butts’ honor to bring awareness to early cancer screenings and detection.

Our deepest condolences go out to Tasha’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.

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