This week, Butler’s Chris Holtmann has received the John McLendon Award, which is given to college basketball’s coach of the year. The McLendon Award is composed of NCAA I, NCAA II, NCAA III, NAIA and JUCO Divisions. Holtmann, 45 and native of Nicholasville, Kentucky, beacame only the second Butler coach in history to claim the award.
Holtmann lead the Bulldogs to a 25-9 record and a second-place finish in the Big East conference after being predicted to place sixth in the preseason poll. In each of his first three seasons as head coach, he has led Butler to the NCAA tournament and has at least won one game every year.
Holtmann is well known for being an X’s and O’s guy, hence why Butler practically didn’t miss a beat after Brad Stevens’s departure. Holtmann may not get the most talented or sought-after recruits, but with his coaching guidance and demand to get the most out of every player, everyone will see why he may be a household name in due time.