April 30, 2012
TUCSON - University of Arizona women's basketball head coach Niya Butts is committed to the future of the Wildcat program and, with her current contract, is set to be at the helm of the program until June, 2016. Her original contract, signed when she was hired in April of 2008, was through the 2013 season. Butts signed a contract extension at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season.
"I'm excited about the future of women's basketball here at Arizona," head coach Niya Butts said. "This is the place I want to coach and a place I believe in. We've had some successes in my first four seasons here and, as a staff, we hope to continue to bring quality basketball to the Tucson community. Our future is bright and we look to continue to develop talented players."
In her first four seasons, Butts has achieved a number of milestones early on in her head coaching career. During the 2011-12 season, Arizona's 11-1 start was the best in program history since the 1999-2000 season. Butts earned her 60th career win with UA's 58-56 win at Oregon State on Jan. 14. Junior guard Davellyn Whyte was named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and earned her third-straight All-Pac-12 accolade.
During the 2010-11 slate, the Wildcats made their first postseason appearance since the 2004-05 season and their first appearance in the Women's NIT since the 2000-01 season. Arizona won eight of its last 11 contests. Also in 2010-11, the Wildcats got a win against the Arizona State Sun Devils for the first time since Jan. 26, 2005. The Wildcats' 10-8 conference record in 2010-11 is their best since the 2004-05 campaign and their 21 wins overall is the most since the 2003-04 season. The 2010-11 season marks the highest finish in the Pac-10 for Arizona - fourth - since tying for the Pac-10 regular-season crown in 2004.