Gabrielle Butler has joined the New Jersey Institute of Technology women's basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Margaret McKeon announced.
Butler and McKeon first met when they were assistants at George Washington University. Butler coached teams that qualified for the NCAA Division I Tournament in six of her eight seasons on the staff. During Butler's tenure, the Colonials garnered six NCAA tournament bids, advancing to the 1997 Elite Eight and the 1995 Sweet Sixteen. Butler's drive to win was instrumental in George Washington capturing four straight Atlantic 10 Conference championships from 1994 to 1998.
When McKeon became head coach at Boston University, Butler joined her there, serving as first assistant from 1999 to 2002. In her three seasons at BU, Butler helped lay the groundwork for a program revival that resulted in the Terriers' first winning season in seven years (17-11 in 2001-02), followed by the program's first NCAA postseason appearance.
"Gabrielle and I share a long history building a tradition of success," said Coach McKeon. "In addition to her coaching skills, she is an exceptional recruiter who has the ability to identify quality prospects and follow through to sell the school and the program."
"Gabrielle and I also share the philosophy that we are teachers first," continued McKeon. "We strongly believe the college experience should be about academics, as well as athletics and we encourage our student-athletes to strive for excellence on the court and in the classroom."
In addition to her successful coaching career, Butler, who hails from the nation's capital, has enjoyed a successful tenure in the field of law. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College (PA) in 1985, she worked as a legal assistant in Washington, DC, until 1991, when she joined the staff at George Washington. She left BU in 2002 to resume her legal career, but kept her ties to the world of college basketball. When McKeon took the helm of the women's program at NJIT in 2007, Butler followed the Highlanders' progress and realized she was ready and eager to return to coaching.
"I am very excited about reuniting with Coach McKeon and about being at NJIT," said Butler. "Margaret is a skilled, passionate teacher of the game and is committed to bringing academically and athletically-talented student-athletes to the university."