Tamara Butler (Middle School)


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Coach Butler had a storied career on the court before joining the sidelines here at Urbana.  She had a successful high school career in the Champaign-Urbana area – helping lead her team to the State Final Four while at Centennial.  She graduated the schools all time rebounding leader, and was a two time All-Big 12 1st team selection.  Her senior year she was voted 2nd Team IBCA All State, was named the MVP of the 2004 IBCA All Star Game, as well as a finalist for the Chicago Tribune’s Illinois Miss. Basketball.  She continued her playing career at Lincoln Land Community College for two years.  While at Lincoln Land she was a 3rd Team NJCAA All-American in 2006 averaging nearly 16 points & 14 rebounds per game.  The Loggers finished ranked 20th in the nation that year going 24-8.   Tamara furthered her basketball aspirations going to Illinois State University for two more years at the Division I level.  She was a part of two post-season appearances with the Redbirds going to the WNIT her junior year & the NCAA tournament her senior year.  She graduated in 2008 with a degree in Recreation & Parks Administration Management.

She came back to the Champaign/Urbana community as an assistant high school coach at her alma mater Centennial High School (2008-2012), helping them in 2011 secure their first Big 12 title since she was an athlete.    She came to be a part of the Urbana School District in 2014 as she was part of the Middle School Boys program in 2014, and then in 2016 joined the Girls Middle School program.

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