COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s basketball program has its man. Days after firing Thad Matta, the Buckeyes have hired Chris Holtmann as their 14th head coach in program history on Friday.
A press conference to officially introduce Holtmann is scheduled for Monday at 11 A.M.
Holtmann spent the past three seasons as the head coach at Butler, where he amassed a 70-31 record and three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Bulldogs went 25-9 and advanced to the Sweet 16. For his efforts, the 45-year-old Holtmann was named both the Big East and John McLendon National Coach of the Year.
Holtmann took to Twitter on Friday to thank his now-former employer.
— Chris Holtmann (@ChrisHoltmann) June 9, 2017
Prior to taking over at Butler, Holtmann spent a season as an assistant on Brandon Miller’s Bulldogs staff. From 2010-13, he served as the head coach at Gardner-Webb, where in his final season the Runnin’ Bulldogs qualified for their first-ever Division I postseason tournament with an appearance in the CIT.
Before his first head coaching gig, Holtmann spent two seasons on former Ohio State assistant coach John Groce’s staff at Ohio University. From 1998-2008, he served as an assistant at Geneva, Taylor and Gardner-Webb.
A native of Nicholasville, Kentucky, Holtmann played collegiately at Taylor, where he earned NAIA All-American honors in 1994. At Taylor, he played alongside Groce, who served as one of Matta’s top assistants in his first four seasons at Ohio State.
In coming to Columbus, Holtmann replaces the Buckeyes’ all-time winningest coach in Matta, but inherits a program that has missed each of the past two NCAA Tournaments. Ohio State is also in the midst of an offseason in which three players have left the team voluntarily and 2018 4-star forward Darius Bazley de-committed.
The hiring of Holtmann, however, should bring some stability to the Buckeyes following the unexpected news of Matta’s firing.
Stay tuned to Land of 10 for all the latest on the Ohio State men’s basketball program’s new head coach.