Florida gives women’s hoops coach Butler 2-year extension

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has given women’s basketball coach Amanda Butler a two-year extension, keeping her under contract through the 2018-19 season.

Athletic director Jeremy Foley announced the extension Wednesday, a week after the Gators closed the season with a 71-49 loss to Auburn in the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Florida lost five of its final six games and finished 13-17 this season, leaving Butler with a 153-112 record in eight years in Gainesville. She led Florida to the NCAA Tournament three times, but failed to get past the second round.

The program remains the only one at Florida that has yet to win an SEC championship.

Foley says, “I continue to strongly feel that Amanda is the right person to get Florida women’s basketball to be a contender in this league and nationally.”