April 27, 2010

Hill And Webster Named Assistant Coaches At Butler

INDIANAPOLIS – Following a 23-10 season and a WNIT appearance, the Butler women’s basketball program has added two new assistant coaches. Joining head coach Beth Couture’s staff are Tisha Hill, a former head coach at Youngstown State, and Alex Webster, a former assistant coach at IPFW.

Hill brings 15 years of college coaching experience and comes to Butler after spending five years at the helm of fellow Horizon League school Youngstown State. She won 45 games during her time at YSU, improving the team’s single-season win total by 10 during her tenure. While at Youngstown State, she coached one first team All-Horizon League performer as well as two league all-newcomer team selections.

Prior to her time as YSU, she spent 10 years as an assistant coach at four different schools. In those 10 years, Hill coached eight teams that made the postseason and made five NCAA Tournament appearances.

She spent two seasons (2001-03) at Ball State, helping the Cardinals to a 45-18 record. Prior to her time at BSU, she coached four seasons at Virginia Tech (1997-2001) and led the Hokies to the postseason in all four years. Virginia Tech won four NCAA Tournament games while Hill was on staff. Hill was an assistant at Green Bay from 1995-97 and at Indiana from 1993-95.

A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Hill was a four-year letterwinner as a point guard at Indiana from 1988-92. She set school records for career assists and steals and led IU to a WNIT runner-up finish in 1992.

Hill earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Indiana in 1993 and a master’s degree in kinesiology in 1995.

“I’m really excited to add a coach to our staff with Tisha’s experience,” Couture said. “She has been successful as a head coach as well as an assistant for several successful programs. I feel like she’s the type of coach that will not only help us continue our success but also help us as we set our goals to get to the next level.”

Webster comes to Butler after spending three seasons at IPFW, including the last two as the top assistant on the staff. While at IPFW, the Crown Point, Ind., native oversaw recruiting and scouting while assisting with game plans and practice.

As a player, she was three-year letterwinner at Green Bay, helping the team to a 79-15 record and three postseason appearances. During her senior season in 2007, she helped the Phoenix to a 29-4 record and a berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. While at Green Bay, she also won the team’s Beth Gantz Award for leadership and sportsmanship.

Webster, who began her collegiate career at Southern Mississippi, earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Green Bay in 2007.

“We feel very fortunate to be able to add Alex to our staff,” Couture said. “It was apparent during her interview that her excitement for basketball and Butler will help us as we continue to fight for a league championship. Alex’s experience as a player at a winning program like Green Bay will be an asset as she mentors our players.”

Butler returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from this past season’s team that went 23-10 (14-4 Horizon League). The Bulldogs have won 20 games in each of the last three seasons.