Kurt Godlevske will enter his fourth season as the head coach of the Butler women’s basketball program in 2017-18. The Bulldogs ended the 2016-17 season with a 6-25 overall record, but reached the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals by defeating Xavier 68-66 in the first round.
The victory marked the second-straight season in which Butler eliminated Xavier from postseason play as BU highlighted the 2015-16 season by recording the program’s first-ever BIG EAST Tournament win as the #9 seed Bulldogs defeated #8 seed Xavier 48-47 in the first round.
The Bulldogs had a young roster in 2015-16 (six freshmen) that lacked depth with only 10 active student-athletes. The team played a tough non-conference schedule to prepare for the BIG EAST Conference season and fared well by picking up wins against teams from the ACC, American Athletic Conference, Big 12, and the SEC.
In his first season at Butler, Godlevske guided the Bulldogs to a 14-16 overall record that included a 10-8 conference record in the BIG EAST. 14 total wins during the 2014-15 season was significant for the coaching staff as it set a new school record for most wins recorded by a first-year head coach in Butler women’s basketball history, breaking the old record of 13. Godlevske was able to motivate his inexperienced group of student-athletes that featured seven newcomers and not a single returning starter.
Godlevske had three student-athletes receive post-season honors during his first year at Butler. Ijeoma Uchendu was recognized as a First-Team All-BIG EAST selection while Sydney Buck was a unanimous pick for the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team. Rounding out the trio was Loryn Goodwin, a combo guard that was named BIG EAST honorable mention.
The 2014-15 team joined elite company by posting a perfect 8-0 record during the month of January. The Bulldogs had not gone undefeated during a full month of the regular season in the past 17 years. Victories during the winning-streak came against Providence (2x), Creighton, St. John’s Marquette, Villanova, Georgetown, and Xavier. The last team to reach that accomplishment was guided by head coach June Olkowski during the 1997-98 season when her team posted a 25-6 overall record that included a 13-1 mark in the MCC.
Godlevske originally joined Butler as an assistant coach in the spring of 2013. After one full season as an assistant, Godlevske was tagged as the interim head coach, but that title would change on Tuesday, May 6 when Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier named Godlevske the permanent head coach of the Bulldogs.
Prior to coaching at Butler, Godlevske spent seven years as girls' head coach at Bedford North Lawrence High School. He guided the Lady Stars to a 120-41 record, including a perfect 28-0 mark and the IHSAA Class 4A Girls' Basketball State Championship in 2013.
He also was part of an Indiana boys' state championship staff as a volunteer coach at Lawrence North High School in 2004.
An all-state high school player in L'Anse, Mich., Godlevske played basketball at Northern Michigan University, and then started his collegiate coaching career at NCAA Division II Lake Superior State University, where he posted a 35-19 record in two years. After a few years out of coaching, he returned as head coach of his alma mater in L'Anse, leading the school to a 40-9 record in two seasons before taking over at Bedford North Lawrence.
Godlevske earned his degree in physical education and health from Northern Michigan University in 1994. He earned a master's degree from University of Indianapolis in 2004 and a principal's license from Oakland City in 2008.
Kurt and his wife Beth are the proud parents of three children, Corrin, Noah and Katie.