Four days after the dismissal of Thad Matta as Buckeye basketball coach, Ohio State will name Butler's Chris Holtmann as his successor. A source at Ohio State confirmed to WTVN in a text message that "it's Holtmann" and multiple other media outlets are also reporting that Holtmann has accepted the job.
Holtmann is 45-years old. He has been head coach at Butler the last three seasons and won Big East coach of the year last season. He led the Bulldogs to three consecutive NCAA tournaments including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2017. His record at Butler was 70-31 (.693).
Holtmann has coached in Ohio before, as an assistant under John Groce from 2008-2010. He got his first head coaching job at Gardner-Webb and took that program from 11 wins his first year, to 21 wins in year three. From there he went to Butler and became head coach in 2014-15. Butler has the second best record in the Big East since his arrival behind only Villanova.
According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Holtmann is getting an 8-year contract to coach Ohio State worth roughly $3 million per season. The Dispatch had reported that Ohio State was planning to introduce Holtmann Friday afternoon but other outlets say there will be no introduction until Monday.
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