UF's Butler gets two-year extension

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida women’s basketball coach Amanda Butler has gotten a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season, the school announced Wednesday.

Butler’s contract was set to expire after the 2014-15 season.

"I like the direction our program is headed," UF athletics director Jeremy Foley said in a statement. "We know Amanda will be our coach for a long time. We’re excited about the future of the Gator women’s basketball program."

Butler -- who played at UF from 1990-94 -- is the only coach in program history to lead the Gators to the postseason in each of her first five seasons. That includes two trips to the NCAA Tournament in which the Gators lost in the second round to the eventual NCAA champion (Baylor in 2012 and UConn in 2009).

Butler’s record in her five seasons at UF is 98-67. She went 40-22 in two seasons at Charlotte before being hired at Florida on April 13, 2007.

"To have the confidence that Jeremy has in my staff and me feels fantastic," Butler said in a statement. "It makes us even more excited about the future of the program and where it's headed. We're at the best university in the country under the best leadership in the country and to have their vote of confidence means everything."