‘Devastating Loss’: Women’s College Basketball Head Coach Dies At 41

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Tasha Butts, the head coach of Georgetown University women’s college basketball team, has died at the age of 41 after a struggle with breast cancer, the school announced Monday.

Butts was named as head coach by the university in April , TMZ reported.

Heartbroken. We will be strong and stay #TashaTough,” the official Twitter account of the team wrote. (RELATED: Drexel Basketball’s Terrence Butler Found Dead In Apartment)

“Tasha’s passing is a devastating loss. She was extraordinary,” Georgetown president John J. DeGioia said, the Associated Press reported. “Tasha was a person of character, determination, vision, and kindness. She will be deeply missed by our community and by so many people around the country who have been inspired by her life.”

Butts played college basketball at Tennessee University where she helped her team win four Southeastern Conference season titles and advance to the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Final Fours from 2000 to 2004, reported. She briefly appeared in the Women’s National Basketball Association with the Minnesota Lynx back in 2004 and got into coaching with Duquesne University in 2007, ESPN reported. Since then, she has coached for UCLA, LSU, and Georgia Tech before being hired by Georgetown, the outlet noted.