Assistant CoachJohn Marcum
John Marcum joined the Butler women's basketball coaching staff in May of 2017. Marcum joins the Bulldogs after coaching stops at Grand Canyon, East Carolina, Indiana State, Cal Baptist and Oklahoma Baptist.
"I would like to welcome John to Butler University," Godlevske stated after the hire. "I think John will blend in perfectly here at Butler with the great student-athletes and fantastic employees. When you look over his impressive resume you can instantly see how well connected he is in our industry. Years of experience in this field will help our staff as a whole and there is no doubt that he will be a huge asset for us in terms of being a tireless recruiter."
Marcum helped Grand Canyon post a 15-12 overall record last year. Before assisting the Lopes, he spent three seasons as the Associate Head Coach at East Carolina. The Pirates went 57-39 during that span with the team winning 22 games in each of his first two seasons. Marcum helped East Carolina sign a top 50-recruiting class in 2015, just one year after bringing in the second-best class in the American Conference for the 2014 campaign.
Marcum did more than just recruit during his time at East Carolina. His responsibilities included scouting, game preparation, and scheduling. Multiple players also earned all-conference honors during his time on the ECU sideline.
"I'm really excited for our young ladies and for the future of Butler women's basketball." Godlevske added. "John and I walked through Hinkle Fieldhouse recently and watched the team workout. We are excited about the potential of this group and where we are headed as a program."
Additional coaching experience for Marcum includes stops at Indiana State, Cal Baptist and Oklahoma Baptist, his alma mater. He coached for the Sycamores in 2012-13, helping Indiana State reach 18 total wins. That season ended with a trip to the WNIT.
Marcum's first collegiate head coaching job came at Cal Baptist in 2010. He guided the team to a 47-12 record over two seasons. The Lancers claimed their first-ever conference championship during Marcum's tenure and returned to the national tournament for the first time at Cal Baptist since 1982.
Marcum's coaching career started at Oklahoma Baptist University in 2002. He served as an assistant to the men's basketball staff for four years and then transitioned to the women's basketball program from 2007-10.
A collegiate baseball player, Marcum graduated in 1997 with a bachelor's in secondary education with a concentration in history. He earned his master's in secondary education with a concentration in physical education in 2003 from East Central University.
John is the proud father of Abby, Matty and Cooper Marcum.
Assistant CoachKierra McCleary
Kierra McCleary joined the Butler women's basketball coaching staff in June of 2017. A Murfreesboro, Tennessee native, McCleary has previous coaching experience at Northern Illinois, Western Illinois and Lewis. She played college basketball at North Alabama.
"I would like to welcome Kierra to our Bulldog family," Godlevske stated. "She has a reputation of building strong relationships with student athletes, promoting academic success, and she's a tireless recruiter. Kierra is going to fit our Butler values and continue to grow those values within our women's basketball program. I'm excited she decided to join our staff because she is a natural fit!"
McCleary helped Northern Illinois find success in 2016-17 by helping the Huskies post a 21-12 overall record. NIU won two games in the Mid-American Conference Tournament to reach the championship and would end the season with a WNIT appearance. The turnaround was significant as Northern Illinois finished the 2015-16 with just 11 wins and 19 losses. The program had hit a rough patch in recent years with their last winning season coming in 2008-09.
While working at NIU, McCleary spent time working with the team's guards which included Third Team All-MAC selection Ally Lehman. Under McCleary's guidance, Lehman became just the fifth player in NIU history to average a double-double in a single-season.
Before coaching at NIU, McCleary spent two seasons at Western Illinois, where she served as the recruiting coordinator for the Leathernecks. In her first season at WIU, the Leathernecks set a new record for points in a single-season (2,392) and for most field goals made in a season (846).
Western Illinois would go on to finish the 2013-14 season with a 14-16 record. They finished fifth in the Summit League, the Leathernecks best league finish since 2007-08. The team surpassed that standard in 2014-15, finishing 17-13 overall and 9-7 in the Summit League to finish third in the regular season standings. Ashley Luke would finish the season as the Summit League's Player of the Year, as well CoSIDA's Academic All-American of the Year.
Prior to her two seasons at Western Illinois, McCleary worked one season at Lewis, helping the Flyers to the best turnaround in Division II during the 2012-13 season. Lewis finished the year 24-6, earning an NCAA Tournament berth, after finishing the 2011-12 season with an 8-20 mark.
As a player, McCleary was a three-time team captain at North Alabama helping the Lions to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2010-11, the program's first appearance since 1994. In her final season, North Alabama finished 21-7 overall and was a perfect 12-0 in the Gulf South Conference. McCleary graduated from UNA in 2011 with a degree in business administration.
Assistant CoachGabe Henry
Gabe Henry joined the Butler women's basketball coaching staff in September of 2017. Previous coaching experience for Henry includes stops at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Odessa College, Central Methodist University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Alaska Anchorage and Gonzaga University.
“I want to welcome Gabe and his family to Butler University,” Head Coach Kurt Godlevske stated. “Gabe has a reputation of being an in the trenches type of coach. He is a family orientated individual with personal attributes that align with Butler’s mission. Gabe has a history of being successful and I’m thrilled that he chose Butler. I’m looking forward to working with him!"
Henry was most recently a part of the coaching staff at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He joined the women’s basketball program as an assistant coach on July 14, 2014. While at UTRGV, Henry served as the recruiting and defensive coordinator.
As recruiting coordinator, Henry was able to bring in top recruiting classes in the Western Athletic Conference for two consecutive years. The Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranked the UTRGV 2015-16 class as No. 68 in the nation.
Defensively, UTRGV held the opposition to a .370 field goal percentage, the third-lowest in program history. In 2015-16, Henry helped coach a defense that allowed just 61.6 points per game, which was the fifth-best rate in program history.
Prior to UTRGV, Henry was a member of the women’s basketball coaching staff at Odessa College for two years. Henry was the recruiting coordinator and helped handle all day-to-day operations of the team. In just two seasons, he coached and recruited nine all-conference players and one All-American student-athlete.
Henry also has coaching experience at Central Methodist University, the University of Hawaii and the University of Alaska Anchorage. He spent three years total with the teams.
Before Henry became a Butler Bulldog, he was once a Gonzaga Bulldog. Henry spent two seasons as the director of basketball operations at Gonzaga. During his time there, he helped lead the team to their first-ever NCAA Tournament win and two West Coast Conference Regular Season Championships.
The Brookfield, Mo. native earned his undergraduate degree from Missouri Valley College, which is also where he began his coaching career as a student assistant. Henry then went on to earn his master’s degree in sports and athletic administration from Gonzaga University.
Henry lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Alana, and their two daughters, Avery and Arielle.
Director of Operations
Daress McClung returned to the Butler women's basketball program at the start of the 2016-17 season as the Director of Basketball Operations. The former Bulldog standout was a Second Team All-Atlantic 10 selection as well as a Second Team All-BIG EAST player during her two-year BU career.
"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Daress back to Butler to rejoin our women's basketball program," Head Coach Kurt Godlevske said. Having coached Daress during the 2013-14 season, I know she's a bright, hard-working, fantastic person that comes from a great family. Daress will be a valuable asset for our young ladies because she knows what it takes to succeed as a student-athlete at Butler and in the BIG EAST Conference. Welcome home Daress!"
McClung played her first two seasons of collegiate basketball at the University of Cincinnati before transferring to Butler. The versatile forward flourished during her first season as a Bulldog in 2012-13 by being recognized as the team MVP. She ended the year as a Second Team All-Atlantic 10 player while leading the team and ranking second in the league with a 16.4 scoring average. McClung nearly averaged a double-double as she also pulled down 9.0 rebounds per contest, ranking fifth in the A-10.
Year two as a Bulldog also went well with McClung earning Second Team All-BIG EAST honors. She averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. McClung ended her senior campaign with six double doubles, including a 23-point, 12 rebound performance against UIC.
McClung attempted to continue her basketball career after graduation by signing a pair of professional contracts overseas. She most recently spent time with Al Spar Canaria of Las Palmas, Spain, but her season was cut short due to injury.
After returning to the states in 2015, McClung has been working as an educator proxy and admin assistant for Lawrence North High School. McClung earned her degree in organizational leadership and communications at Butler.