Women’s Basketball Butler hires IUPUI’s Austin Parkinson as new coach

INDIANAPOLIS — Austin Parkinson, who last month led the IUPUI to his NCAA debut, has been named as Butler’s women’s basketball coach.

It’s been an eventful week for Basketball Butler. Thad Matta was introduced on Wednesday as the new men’s coach.

“Austin has set himself apart from a strong group of candidates with his experience building a championship-caliber program at IUPUI and his vision of how Butler can achieve similar success in the Big East,” athletic director Barry Collier said Friday in announcing the Parkinson hire.

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During his 12 years at IUPUI, Parkinson’s set a record of 224-141. He inherited a 3-26 team when he took charge in 2010-11 and led IUPUI to the 20-12 record in his third season. He was an assistant coach at IUPUI for two seasons.

Parkinson, 40, is the three-time Conference Coach of the Year, once in the Summit League and twice in the Horizon League.

The Jaguars won 24-5 this season, won the Horizon League, won 15th over Iowa 74-73 and lost to 3rd seed Oklahoma 78-72 in the first round of the NCAA Championship.

IUPUI also won the Horizon 2020 tournament to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament, which was canceled due to the pandemic.