In a time of year when recruiting and declarations for the NBA Draft rule the headlines, surprising news has arisen from Butler University. Butler coach Chris Holtmann has agreed to take the reigns at Ohio State as the program’s head coach.
— Chris Holtmann (@ChrisHoltmann) June 9, 2017
Holtmann agreed to an eight-year, $24 million dollar deal that will see him replace former Buckeye coach Thad Matta.
During his three-year tenure at Butler as head coach the program reached the NCAA tournament all three years. Last year saw the Bulldogs win 25 games and make a Sweet 16 run before being eliminated.
At Ohio State Holtmann will be expected to bring his winning ways with him as the Buckeyes have missed the NCAA tournament the past two seasons.
“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 the release.