Botham steps down as UW-Milwaukee coach
“I have loved coaching, but am ready to move on and open this new chapter of my life in service to this university,” Botham said in a statement released by the university. “I’ve seen the great work our students do on and off the basketball court. Now, with Alumni Relations, I will have the opportunity to connect with our amazing graduates everywhere.”
“We’re very excited that Sandy will bring her passion and positive attitude to our Alumni Relations,” added UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell. “We’re confident her success in athletics will be a huge asset as the university revamps its work with alumni by expanding our outreach to our graduates across the country.”
Botham took over UWM women’s basketball for the 1996-’97 season. Inheriting a program that had gone 4-22 in the preceding season, Botham led the team to a 16-12 record and earned her first of three Coach of the Year awards.
She also won the award for the 2000-’01 and 2005-’06 seasons, during which the Panther women were crowned the league’s regular season and tournament champions.
During her 16 years as head coach, the UWM women compiled a 245-225 overall record and 156-102 record in Horizon League games. Her victories as head coach are the most in UWM’s NCAA Division I sports era and second most in the 41 years of women’s basketball.
UWM officials said they would conduct a nationwide search for Botham’s successor.
Prior to her coaching career, Botham was a four-time all-conference performer in basketball at the University of Notre Dame, from which she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
She is a member of both the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (as a player) and the Madison Athletics Hall of Fame (honoring her achievements as both an athlete and coach).
In her new role, Botham will work with the school’s 140,000 alumni.