Ohio State tabs Chris Holtmann as new basketball coach

Chris Holtmann just got his fourth job title in four seasons.

The Butler men’s basketball coach left the program to be the new head coach at Ohio State. According to ESPN, Holtmann, 45, agreed to an eight-year deal with the Buckeyes and will receive $3 million per season.

“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 replaces Thad Matta, who surprisedly announced his retirement earlier this week

Holtmann was at Butler for four seasons. He also spent three seasons as the coach at Gardner-Webb before leaving to become an assistant Butler in 2013. He was named the Bulldogs’ interim head coach in October 2014 after then head coach Brandon Miller took a medical leave of absence. The interim tag was removed in January 2015.

Holzmann led Butler to a 70-31 record during his three-year tenure as head coach.


Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP

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