Jussie Smollett Georgetown Coach Cancer Battle – Inspiring Story of Resilience. The athletic director said that Georgetown women’s basketball coach Tasha Butts died Monday following a two-year battle with breast cancer.
The 41-year-old coach was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in 2021. Her Georgetown coaching career ended last month.
After her diagnosis, the Tasha Tough campaign generated awareness and funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to provide excellent treatment to low-income women.
Georgetown sports director Lee Reed stated, “I am heartbroken for Tasha’s family, friends, players, teammates and colleagues.” I knew Tasha was a winner on the court and an outstanding person with unmatched drive, passion, and dedication when I met her.
She showed these traits as a leader and breast cancer fighter. Georgetown will join together to celebrate her memories during this difficult time.
After a lengthy coaching and WNBA career, she joined Georgetown from Georgia Tech in April. She became Georgia Tech women’s basketball associate head coach after two years after joining as an assistant coach in April 2019.
“The news of Tasha’s passing is incredibly sad,” Georgia Tech coach Nell Fortner said. This program thrived because to Tasha. Her work on this coaching staff is invaluable. She was stern on her kids and her demands, but she was soft when they needed her, and she was always there.
Butts publicized her advanced stage metastatic breast cancer diagnosis at Georgia Tech in 2021.
“Tasha’s death is heartbreaking. She was amazing, says Georgetown president John J. DeGioia. “Tasha was compassionate, determined, and visionary. She will be mourned by our community and by many Americans inspired by her life.”
Georgetown appointed assistant Darnell Haney temporary head coach last month after Butts resigned. Last week, he stated he kept in touch with Butts throughout therapy.
“We updated her on the program. He suggested to text her about practice and the conference. “Make her smile and distract her from her problems. Practice footage would be sent to her.”
Teams throughout the nation posted videos on social media every Tuesday in October to cheer up Butts and tell her she wasn’t alone in her cancer battle.
Butts was an assistant at Duquesne, UCLA, and LSU before coaching at Georgia Tech. The Tigers had her for eight years.
“Tasha was a great player and went on to have a successful coaching career,” said LSU coach Kim Mulkey. More significantly, she touched countless people throughout her existence. We mourn her early death.”
From 2000-04, Butts excelled for Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee. She helped the Lady Vols to the NCAA championship game in 2003 and 2004 with 124-17 records. She won four SEC regular-season titles at the institution.
“Our program is heartbroken to lose a member of our Lady Vol sisterhood much, much too soon,” said Tennessee coach Kellie Harper. ‘Tasha connected with people everywhere. She benefited our Tennessee family and women’s basketball.”
After being drafted 20th by the Minnesota Lynx in 2004, she played briefly in the WNBA. She played for Charlotte, Minnesota, and Houston.
Butts’ parents Spencer, Sr. and Evelyn, brother Spencer, Jr., and nephew Marquis survive her.