Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Tasha Butts
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 3 Years

Tasha Butts, a standout player at the University of Tennessee (2000-04) and then in the WNBA, begins her third season as an assistant coach at UCLA. She primarily works with the perimeter players and assists with all other facets of the program, including academics, recruiting, scouting and player development.

In 2007-08, she served in a similar capacity at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, working primarily with the perimeter players. Her responsibilities included recruiting, opponent scouting, academics, adidas liaison and scheduling.

As a player at Tennessee, Butts helped the Lady Vols to a 124-17 record in her four seasons. UT had a Sweet 16 appearance in her freshman season and advanced to the Final Four in her sophomore campaign. She then helped the Lady Vols to back-to-back National Championship games in her junior and senior seasons. In addition, Butts was part of four Southeastern Conference regular-season championship teams, as Tennessee compiled a 55-1 SEC record in her four years. When she left UT, she ranked fourth in all-time games played (141) and tied for seventh in three-point shots made (103) at the school. Butts' career-high 37 points against Vanderbilt on Feb. 16, 2004 placed her tied for 11th on the Lady Vols' single-game scoring list. She graduated from Tennessee in '04 with a degree in sport management and minor in business.

Butts was chosen by the Minnesota Lynx with the 20th selection in the 2004 WNBA draft. She saw action in all 30 games as a rookie, helping the club equal a franchise-record with 18 wins and earn a spot in the playoffs. Following the '04 WNBA season, she returned to her alma mater and served as a graduate assistant coach, working primarily with Pat Summitt and Nikki Caldwell. The Lady Vols won the SEC Championship that season and advanced to the Final Four.

In the fall of '05, 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 Hertizliya in Israel, where she averaged 15.5 points per contest. She also had brief stints with the Charlotte Sting and Houston Comets of the WNBA.

Butts grew up in Milledgeville, GA and attended Baldwin HS, where she was a consensus All-American and the Gatorade State Player of the Year in Georgia. She remains the girl's all-time leading scorer at the school, and her high school jersey #23 was retired in December of 2000. In August of '04, the city of Milledgeville honored Butts with a key to the city and a proclamation of achievement on "Tasha Butts Day".

Butts credits her parents, Spencer Butts, Sr. and Evelyn Butts, with instilling the value of hard work and importance of family. She has one older brother, Spencer Butts, Jr.