Ohio State AD Gene Smith has shared an official statement in support of men’s basketball coach Thad Matta.
Statement on Ohio State coach Thad Matta
“Recently, Thad and I had a great discussion regarding the future of our Men’s Basketball Program,” Smith said. “Thad’s record at Ohio State is an outstanding 337-122; a winning percentage of .734. He is the all-time wins leader and owns the record for most games coached at Ohio State. His teams have won five Big Ten titles, and made nine NCAA postseason appearances. What Thad’s teams at Ohio State have accomplished – both on and off the court – is highly commendable.
“While we are not currently where we aspire to be with our performance on the court, Thad understands better than anyone that component has to improve. I am confident in his leadership to return the program to the winning ways that we have all enjoyed during his 13 year tenure.
“We have had tremendous success with Thad as our basketball coach. His commitment to developing young men in a holistic way and running our program with the highest of integrity continue to be hallmarks of his leadership.”
The Buckeyes are 17-14 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten going into the conference tournament. Ohio State is the No. 11 seed and faces 14 seed Rutgers at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Matta is 337-122 as Ohio State’s head coach. Matta took over for the 2004-05 season and led the Buckeyes to the Final Four in 2007 and 2012. The program most recently made the NCAA Tournament in 2015.