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Amanda Butler Hired To Replace Carolyn Peck



GAINESVILLE - Former Gator Amanda Butler was hired Friday as the new women's basketball coach, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley announced early Friday afternoon.

She replaces Carolyn Peck who was fired in February after five seasons with the Gators.

Butler comes to Gainesville after spending two seasons as the head coach at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

The 35-year-old played four seasons at Florida, then spent two as an assistant under former coach Carol Ross. She has 12 years of college coaching experience.

"We talked to a lot of people during this hiring process and the one name that continually surfaced was Amanda Butler's,'' Foley said in a statement. "She is a young, up-and-coming coach who has such a bright future. The University of Florida has enjoyed a lot of success with young, talented coaches and those were the characteristics we were looking for in the person to lead our women's basketball program. We found that person in Amanda Butler. She shares the same vision I have for the program and we are both excited about the future of Florida women's basketball.

Butler will be officially presented at a news conference on Tuesday.

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