Two sources are reporting that UF is interviewing former Gator Amanda Butler in their search for a replacement for Carolyn Peck.
Andy Staples Gators Blog:
Butler has been mentioned several times in rumors and speculation since the beginning of this head coaching search, most notably because of her ties to the Florida Gators and Gainesville. Throw in the fact that she's been successful at UNC-Charlotte, and combine it with the fact that she's young and up-and-coming, it sounds to me as if she fits the mold of say, a certain men's coach we've come to love at UF.
I think that Butler would be an excellent hire for the Gators -- giving the job to a former player and a proven coach who has shown she can be successful in women's college basketball.
Now, if Butler isn't the one that will be roaming the sidelines next season for our Lady Gators, who should UF go after? I'm pretty sure that Jeremy Foley and the administration will be going after a female candidate, but Florida Gulf Coast University head coach Karl Smesko is 98-20 at the helm, and led the Eagles to the division II championship game this season.
I'm no women's basketball expert. I hardly know anything about it -- but the guy has done a great job at FGCU. I know it's division II and all that, but his career winning percentage as a college coach is .770. Not bad if you ask me.