L’Anse, NMU grad taking over Butler University women’s hoops program

INDIANAPOLIS – Former L’Anse High School star basketball player Kurt Godlevske has been named head coach of the Butler University women’s basketball team.

According to the Indianapolis school’s website, Godlevske’s appointment was announced Tuesday by Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier.

“Kurt is committed to the Butler way and the personal development of our student-athletes,” Collier said. “He’s experienced, dedicated and has a proven record of coaching success.”

Collier named Godlevske interim head coach of the Butler women’s team on April 23, replacing former head coach Beth Couture. It took less than two weeks to remove the interim tag.

“We have a wonderful group of skilled young ladies already in place, and we will work hard every day to get better in the classroom and on the floor,” Godlevske said in a statement.

He joined Butler’s staff as an assistant coach in the spring of 2013 after spending seven years as girls’ head coach at Bedford (Ind.) North Lawrence High School.

He guided the Lady Stars to a 120-41 record, including a 28-0 mark and the IHSAA Class 4A girls’ basketball state championship in 2013, the website filing reported. He also was part of an Indiana boys’ state championship staff as a volunteer coach at Indianapolis Lawrence North High School in 2004.

Godlevske also played basketball at Northern Michigan University, then started his collegiate coaching career at 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 Purple Hornets to a 40-9 record in two seasons before taking over at Bedford North Lawrence and then going to Newberry for two years.

Godlevske earned a degree in physical education and health from NMU in 1994 and a master’s from University of Indianapolis in 2004.