April 19, 2006
Amy Cherubini, a former standout player at Indiana University and most recently the top assistant at the University of Indianapolis, joins the Butler women's basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Beth Couture announced Wednesday (April 19). Cherubini brings coaching experience from three universities, in addition to the professional and high school levels to Butler. She replaces Seph Hatley, who resigned last month.
"Amy's experience has included success at the high school, college and professional levels as both a coach and player," said Couture, who enters her fifth season on the Butler sidelines. "She's well-respected throughout the Midwest and we're ecstatic to add her to our Butler family."
Cherubini spent the last two seasons as the top assistant on Teri Moren's staff at the University of Indianapolis. The Greyhounds advanced to the second round of the Division II NCAA Tournament during the 2004-05 campaign and were ranked as high as fifth in the Great Lakes Region. While at UIndy, Cherubini was involved in all aspects of the program, but focused on recruiting, opponent scouting, coordinating team defense, and monitoring student-athletes' academic progress.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to join the Butler basketball staff and team," said Cherubini. "I look forward to being a part of an institution with such great pride and tradition."
She arrived at the University of Indianapolis after posting a 49-21 record in three seasons as the head varsity coach at Indianapolis Pike High School, leading the team to sectional titles in 2002 and 2004. The team was ranked third in the state and ninth in the Midwest by USA Today during the 2002-03 season. In 2003, Cherubini coached the Jermaine O'Neal County All-Star Team.
Prior to that, Cherubini served as an assistant at Saint Louis University for three years from 1998-2001. Her primary responsibilities included working with the team's backcourt players, recruiting, and scouting. Cherubini spent two seasons with the Atlanta Glory of the American Basketball League (ABL). During her first year, she served as an assistant coach, before moving into the lineup as a player-coach in 1997-98. Before her ABL tenure, Cherubini was an assistant coach at Michigan for the 1995-96 season.
As a player, Cherubini competed for Indiana University from 1988-92. She averaged 13.3 points as a senior in 1991-92 and was named the Chicago Tribune Big Ten Player of the Year. Cherubini set a school record (and then Big Ten mark) with 10 three-pointers made in a game. She captained the Hoosiers as a senior.
The Newark, Ohio, native earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from IU in 1994. She was inducted into the Utica (Ohio) High School Hall of Fame in 1999.
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.