Chris Holtmann named Men’s Basketball Coach

The Ohio State University announced the hiring of Butler’s Chris Holtmann as its next Men’s Basketball coach early Friday. It is reported that Holtmann agreed to an eight-year contract worth a smidge over $3 million per year. A press conference to formally introduce the new coach is scheduled for Monday.

Holtmann replaces Thad Matta after the longtime Buckeyes coach and athletic director Gene Smith agreed it was best to move on into another direction. Coach Holtmann in the past three seasons with Butler has mustered a 70-31 record, while appearing all three seasons in the NCAA tournament in all three seasons, including a Sweet 16 appearance this year.
“Chris is focused on academics, is a high-integrity person, a relentless recruiter with Midwestern ties and a proven winner,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement.

Holtmann addressed the move in a statement on Twitter.

“These have been the best and most rewarding years of my professional life, President Danko and Barry Collier are big reasons why,” Holtmann said. “Our players have been amazing these last three years and I am so grateful for them allowing me to coach them. … Our staff, current and former, have played such an important role in the great health of where the program stands today.”

The 45-year-old was with Gardner-Webb as their head coach before moving over to Butler. He came aboard as an assistant following Brad Stevens departure for the NBA, and the Boston Celtics. Holtmann was named the interim coach one month prior the 2014-15 season after then-coach Brandon Miller took a medical leave of absence. Following a very strong start under his leadership the interim title was removed in January of that season.

The Buckeyes and Matta parted ways earlier this week after 13 seasons. Matta’s teams reached one Final, two Final Fours and made the Sweet 16 five times. Ohio State went 17-15 last season and missed the NCAA tournament, which produced another underachieving season.

It has been reported that Creighton coach Greg McDermott, the Buckeye’s top candidate, announced Thursday he’d be staying in Omaha. He was offered the head coaching job after a meeting Wednesday night.

Reports are also circulating that Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg told the Chicago Tribune he wasn’t interested in the position earlier this week, and Xavier coach Chris Mack also expressed his desire to remain in Cincinnati.

Chris Holtmann Coaching Record:

Year            Team                    Wins      Losses       Pct.
2010-11      Gardner-Webb      11           21             .344
2011-12      Gardner-Webb      12           20             .374
2012-13      Gardner-Webb       21          13             .618
2014-15      Butler                      23          11             .676
2015-16      Butler                      22          11             .667
2016-17      Butler                      25            9             .735

TOTALS                                      114         85            .573