Former Columbia Coach Named Centenary Assistant
Monday, June 28, 2004

Shreveport—Centenary Ladies basketball coach Elizabeth Wamsley has announced the hiring of former Columbia head coach Jay Butler to fill the position of first assistant. The hiring is the first for Wamsley, who took over at the helm of the women’s basketball program in April.

“Jay Butler will be a tremendous asset to our women’s basketball program here at Centenary,” said athletics director Taylor Moore. “He brings a wealth of experience and basketball knowledge with him and we are excited to have Coach Butler in this position.”

Butler has spent the last eight seasons as the head coach at Columbia University, where he has advanced the Lions to a level of respectability within the Ivy League that had been previously unmatched.

In 2001-02, Butler’s team finished with 12 wins to tie the school record for most wins since the program turned Division I in 1986. Last season he led Columbia to its first season sweep of Cornell since 1989-90 and its third sweep of rival Princeton in three years. Both are teams Centenary has dropped games to within the past several seasons.

“I am absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to work with Jay Butler and I feel very blessed that he has chosen to become part of our Centenary family,” said Wamsley. “I truly believe that hiring a coach with his remarkable amount of experience, and such an impeccable reputation, only serves as further proof that Centenary is serious about building a solid women’s basketball program.”

Wamsley added, “I have no doubt that Coach Butler’s admittedly ‘old school’ style of coaching will be a perfect fit for our program’s new commitment to fundamentals and discipline. This is an exciting time to be a part of Centenary Ladies Basketball.”

Prior to his stint at Columbia, Butler was the head coach at St. Mary’s College in Maryland for back-to-back seasons. He also spent five years as the first assistant coach at Brown University and three years as the head coach at Davis & Elkins College. Altogether, Butler has 18 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level.