Arkansas State promotes Butters to Associate Head Coach

Arkansas State men’s basketball head coach Bryan Hodgson announced Thursday that Tee Butters has been promoted to Associate Head Coach.

Butters joined Hodgson’s staff as an assistant ahead of the 2023-24 season following nine seasons at Charleston Southern, including the final four campaigns as Associate Head Coach.

“I’m so excited and fortunate to have Coach Butters on my staff,” Hodgson said. “Tee has demonstrated his ability to help lead a program, an elite knowledge of the game, and a knack for recruiting and building relationships. We are so thankful for the Butters family and their commitment to this program, university, and community.”

Butters helped the Red Wolves win 20 Division-I victories for the fourth time in school history and first time since 1991 – one of just two programs under the guidance of a first-year head coach to capture 20 or more Division-I wins this season. A-State was one of just five programs under a head coach in their first year to go from 20-plus losses in 2022-23 to 20-plus victories in 2023-24.

Setting multiple offensive program records along the way, A-State finished fourth in the Sun Belt Conference standings – its highest seed in 10 years – after being picked ninth in the preseason and reached the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The Red Wolves also advanced to the semifinals of the Ro College Basketball Invitational – the program’s first postseason tournament appearance since 1999 – and won a postseason tournament game for the first time since 1991.

The Red Wolves ended the year as one of the league’s hottest teams, winning 12 of their final 16 contests, and finished with the program’s highest NET ranking since 2016-17.

Before joining the Red Wolves, Butters was among 12 participants in the 2022 Jay Bilas Coaches Leadership Program and has been a quick riser in the coaching ranks. In addition to his four seasons as Associate Head Coach at CSU (2019-23), he also spent two years (2017-19) as Assistant Coach after three years as Director of Operations and Video Coordinator (2014-17).

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