Whitney Jennings will return to Butler as an interim assistant basketball coach for the women’s program. Head Coach Kurt Godlevske announced the news on Thursday, Dec. 5.
“My first priority was to find someone who could immediately step in and help us,” Godlevske explained. “Whitney understands how our program operates. She understands our players and our system. She’s also knowledgeable about what it takes to be a successful student-athlete at Butler.”
Jennings spent two seasons at Butler as a student-athlete, leading the team in scoring each year. The point guard left the locker room just one year ago with 1,049 career points. She scored 539 points during her junior season and 510 as a senior. Jennings and former BU assistant coach Julie Shelton (VonDielingen) are the only two players in program history to have multiple 500+ point seasons.
“It’s important to me that we have great representatives of Butler University, and you’re not going to find a better person then Whitney Jennings,” Godlevske added. “She has a connection with our players and understands them as student-athletes. Whitney was always a coach for us on the floor, and she’ll be a natural leader in her new role. I’m excited her first coaching position will be at Butler University. Welcome back to Hinkle!”
Jennings helped guide Butler to 23 wins a year ago. The ‘Dawgs reached the Sweet 16 of the WNIT and became just the 11th team in program history to win more than 20 games in a single-season. She will rejoin the program immediately and be on the sideline for Butler’s upcoming game vs. Akron on Dec. 8.Big East Butler Kurt Godlevske Whitney Jennings