Matthew Mitchell has made it official — Niya Butts is returning to Kentucky. An assistant under Mickie DeMoss, Niya Butts was most recently the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats. The announcement confirms Jen Smith’s report from May 5.
Coach Mitchell believes Butts is the right person to help get things back on track.
“I have thought a lot the last few weeks about chemistry within our coaching staff and one name that I kept coming back to was Niya Butts,” Mitchell said. “I have worked with Niya as an assistant and was fortunate enough to have her on staff in my first year at Kentucky. I have said this before and still have complete confidence that Niya helps balance me out in a way that will positively impact our program. I love the way our staff is starting to take shape and I am excited about our future.”
She was the associate head coach during Mitchell’s first year before earning the head coaching position at Arizona. She spent six years in Lexington before leaving for Tuscon. To read the entire statement and learn more on Butts’ career, click here.