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Report: WVU Great, Ex-Assistant Da’Sean Butler Heading Back to NBA

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WVU Basketball Coach Da'Sean Butler

WVU basketball great, and now former assistant, Da’Sean Butler is heading back to the NBA to join the Boston Celtics’ coaching staff, sources tell Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe. Butler is expected to take a role under video coordinator and or player development.

Butler is reuniting with former teammate Joe Mazzulla, who is on the heels of coaching the Celtics to the 2024 NBA championship.

Butler is coming off of working as an assistant at West Virginia under interim head coach Josh Eilert. Butler was hired last summer by his alma mater for one season. Prior to WVU, Butler worked as a video coordinator for the New York Knicks and was an assistant coach for the College Park Skyhawks (G-League) and Wheeling University.

As a player at West Virginia, Butler appeared in 146 games for the Mountaineers, winning a program-record 107 games. Butler ranks third all-time in scoring at West Virginia with 2,095 points, behind Jerry West (2,309) and “Hot Rod” Hundley (2,180).

Butler was coached under John Beilein and Bob Huggins during his four seasons from 2007-10. The 6-foot-7 guard contributed to an NIT Championship in 2007, a Sweet 16 in 2008 and a Final Four appearance in 2010.

Butler and Mazzulla were teammates together from 2006-10 and now will work with each other once more.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. jackson five

    July 4, 2024 at 12:47 pm

    this is a person i would have loved to be hired by devrises but of course , he chose his buddies,, not realizing how loved and appreciated Butler is , by wvu and wv… and all the positives he would bring with him,, he’d certainly fill some seats that’s for sure,,, but it’s all about the buddy system, so butler is out and someone is in.. WHAT A SHAME,, WE MISSED OUT ONCE AGAIN. I AM LOSING FAITH IN DEVRIES,, ESPECIALLY AFTER SIGNING A CRIPPLED PLAYER, FROM WASH. STATE, WHO IS FILLING A SCHOLARSHIP, AND THEY DONT EVEN KNOW IF HE’LL PLAY THIS YR,,,,, WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY, AND POOR JUDGEMENT,,,,,,DEVRIES, YOU GOTTA BE SMARTER THAN THAT TO WIN IN THE BIG 12

  2. Erick

    July 5, 2024 at 11:10 am

    Good for Da’Sean and WVU. In response to the previous comment – Devries is putting together the best staff he thinks he needs to win here. It’s not like he had a relationship with Butler, and just because he was a star here, and was on the staff last year, doesn’t mean he should be part of this staff. I feel there’s no reason to second guess our new coach at this point and I’m glad Devries is choosing coaches he knows, trusts, and has worked with before. As it should be. Good luck to Da’Sean in this new role!

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