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Tasha Butts comes to Duquesne in her first full-time coaching role as an assistant coach to Suzie McConnell-Serio. Butts joins the Duquesne staff after a highly successful career as a collegiate and professional player.
A native of Milledgeville, Ga., she helped lead Tennessee to a 124-17 record with the Lady Vols from 2000-04. UT had a Sweet 16 appearance her freshman season before the Lady Vols made their 13th Final Four appearance her sophomore year. Butts led Tennessee to back-to-back National Championship games her junior and senior seasons. Additionally, she was part of four Southeastern Conference regular-season championship teams, as UT compiled a 55-1 record during her four years. Upon leaving Tennessee, she was fourth all-time in games played (141) and tied for seventh in three-pointers made (103). Butts' career-high 37 points against Vanderbilt on Feb. 16, 2004 places her tied for 11th on the Lady Vols' single-game scoring list.
Butts was the 20th pick in the 2004 WNBA draft, chosen by then-head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio and the Minnesota Lynx. She played in all 30 games as a rookie, helping the club equal a franchise record for wins with 18 and earn a spot in the playoffs for just the second time.
Following the 2004 WNBA season, Butts had her first taste of coaching, rejoining Hall of Fame coach Pat Summit as a graduate assistant coach at her alma mater in 2004-05.
In the fall of 2005, she headed overseas where she played for Essa/Barreiro in Portugal, averaging nearly 18 points per game. After one season with Essa, she moved on to Raanana Hertzliya in Israel where she averaged 15.5 ppg. She also had brief stints with the Charlotte Sting and Houston Comets of the WNBA.
Butts graduated from Tennessee in 2004 with a degree in sport management and a minor in business.