April 13, 2010

Couture, Edwards Named Butler Women of Distinction

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler head women’s basketball coach Beth Couture and assistant women’s soccer coach Elise Edwards were honored with Butler University ‘s 2010 Women of Distinction Awards in a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

Couture, who this season led the Bulldogs to a 23-10 record and a second consecutive postseason appearance, received the award a year after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She completed her treatments just in time to return to the sideline for Butler’s first came last November. Couture also reached another milestone this season, becoming BU’s all-time leader in women’s basketball victories with 128.

“I’m very honored to be selected for this award, and I feel very fortunate to be a part of this at Butler,” Couture said. “There are a lot of strong females on this campus, and I’m honored to be considered. It makes me honored to be at Butler.”

Edwards, an assistant coach who works with the Bulldog goalkeepers for head coach Tari St. John, just completed her sixth season on the Butler soccer staff. The former professional soccer player is an assistant professor for history and anthropology at Butler and is involved in many social causes throughout campus.

“I’m extremely humbled to receive this award and to be in the presence of such great women at Butler University,” Edwards said.

In conjunction with March's celebration of Women's History Month, the university honors valued members of the Butler community with the award. This honor is reserved for a student, a faculty member and a staff member described as someone who is an outstanding leader who has shown commitment and dedication to improving the Butler community and who reaches out to others while valuing herself; has created a vision and moves others toward that vision; has defined a clear role for herself in today's changing environment; faces challenges head on and is decisive and persistent; carries herself with dignity and pride, but never with vanity; and is a serious woman who rules her life with energy, integrity and love.