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Matthew Mitchell Announces Niya Butts as New Assistant Coach

AP Photo | Rick Scuteri

AP Photo | Rick Scuteri

AP Photo | Rick Scuteri

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 Comments for Matthew Mitchell Announces Niya Butts as New Assistant Coach



  1. Larry Pratt
    9:42 am May 14, 2016 Permalink

    It appears as though Mitchell is seeking loyal assistants this time. It’s a shame the girls that left didn’t give it more time.



  2. bosshogg24
    10:57 am May 14, 2016 Permalink

    Talk is great but you must have players and Mitchell has very few not enough to scrimmage! The program has been set back 5 years!



    • UK Big Board Update
      6:18 pm May 14, 2016 Permalink

      And where was it before Mitchell got here? Shuddup – you’re always negative.



  3. UKPROF
    11:10 am May 14, 2016 Permalink

    Glad that Mitchell is able to find assistants that will come work with him. The sad part, Mitchell will never again be able to recruit top talent that will come play for him. UK women never in the Top 25 again, until, eventually, Barnhart (or Barnhart’s replacement) will have to make the change… just another ‘Joker’ story in the making. So sad when personal friendships over-ride sound and necessary business decisions. Time will tell.



  4. UKBlue52
    11:55 am May 14, 2016 Permalink

    It sounds great, however, coaches don’t score points. Can they recover in time the number of players equal to what they have lost? Considering the recruiting period is almost over for this year, it will be very difficult.