March 27, 2006
Seph Hatley, an assistant women's basketball coach at Butler for the past four seasons, has resigned his position to pursue career interests outside of basketball, Butler head coach Beth Couture announced Monday (March 27). Hatley arrived at Butler with Couture from Presbyterian College, where he served as Couture's top assistant during the 2001-02 season.
"Seph has been a large part of our success both at PC and here at Butler," said Couture, who picked up her 300th career coaching victory Jan. 18. "He brought a tireless work ethic and a substantial knowledge of the game to our staff over the years. Our players and everyone in the Butler community will miss him and we wish him well as he steps away from the game."
Hatley's responsibilities included on-court coaching and scouting reports, but he had a hand in all aspects of the Butler program. In addition to five seasons as an assistant to Couture, Hatley also served two seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Newberry College (1999-2001) and as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Pfeiffer University, from 1996-99.
"It was a great honor and privilege to work for Coach Couture over the last five years," said Hatley. "It's not everyday you get to work with a coach who has had that kind of success over their entire career. Not only is she a great coach, but she is a great friend. I wish nothing but the best for Coach Couture and the Bulldogs as they continue their march to the top of the Horizon League."
Butler finished the 2005-06 campaign with an overall record of 15-14 and a fourth-place finish in the Horizon League. The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the league tournament and return all eight players who appeared in that contest, led by "All-Horizon League" performers Jackie Closser and Lade Akande.
The search to fill the vacancy will begin immediately.