Georgetown Basketball Coach dies of Cancer at 41

Georgetown Basketball Coach dies of Cancer at 41
Tasha Butts, the women's basketball coach at Georgetown, passed away following a two-year fight with breast cancer. Her age was 41.

Butts worked as an assistant coach for several conferences for almost 20 years until being hired by Georgetown in April of last year, according to The Athletic.

"It is deeply heartbreaking to learn of Tasha's passing," Georgia Tech head coach Nell Fortner stated in a statement. "Tasha played a crucial role in this program's success. Her contributions as a member of this coaching staff are invaluable. She had high standards for herself and her children, but she was also soft-spoken and always there for the players when they needed her support. We are deeply saddened that this day has arrived. From the day of her diagnosis, she fought. We are honored by her perseverance. Tasha will always be loved by us. Her absence will never go away.

Butts spent eight seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Georgia Tech, three seasons at UCLA, one year at Duquesne, and eight seasons at LSU, according to The Athletic.

She "won four SEC regular-season titles and helped the Lady Vols get to two national title games" while playing guard for Tennessee, according to The Athletic.

The WNBA honored Butts on X, formerly known as Twitter, with the following post: "We are saddened to learn of Tasha Butts' passing." A cherished part of the basketball community, Tasha was selected by the Minnesota Lynx with the 20th overall pick in 2004 following an illustrious career at Tennessee. She was then carrying on her legacy as a well-known college coach. Tasha's family and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

It is reported that Butts leaves behind her brother, parents, and a nephew.
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