Chris Holtmann Bio
Chris Holtmann enters his first season at the helm of the Buckeyes in 2017-18 after spending the previous three seasons as head coach at Butler University. Holtmann became the 14th head coach in Ohio State history when he was named to the position June 9, 2017.
In three seasons at Butler, Holtmann compiled a record of 70-31 as a member of the BIG EAST conference. In six years as a head coach, which includes three years at Gardner-Webb (44-54), his career record is 114-85. His teams have won at least 20 games in each of the last four seasons, including a 25-9 record a year ago.
Butler advanced to the NCAA Tournament in all three seasons with Holtmann as the head coach. He was the 2016-17 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, the 2013 Big South Conference Coach of the Year and a Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist in 2014-15.
Holtmann in March
Last year, Butler advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011, tallying a 14-5 regular-season record against 12 teams that made the 2017 NCAA Tournament field. Wins over Arizona, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Vermont, and Bucknell, in addition to a pair of wins over Villanova, helped the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the BIG EAST and a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Butler's win over Villanova at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Jan. 4, 2017 was the second win over a No. 1-ranked team in Butler history.
Holtmann, one of only two coaches in Butler history to lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three seasons -- Brad Stevens is the other -- garnered BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors a season ago, in addition to being named a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award. Under Holtmann's tutelage, Andrew Chrabascz was named first team All-BIG EAST, while Kelan Martin was selected to the All-BIG EAST second team and Kamar Baldwin was voted on to the BIG EAST's five-member All-Freshman Team in 2016-17.
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In 2015-16, Butler ranked in the Top 25 nationally, scoring 79.9 points per game, and ascended to as high as ninth in the AP poll after opening the season win an 11-1 non-conference record. The 2014-15 campaign, Holtmann's first leading the Butler program, saw the Bulldogs post a 23-11 record, finish in a tie for second place in the BIG EAST and win at least one game in the NCAA Tournament for the first of three-consecutive seasons. The Bulldogs' success in his initial season as head coach earned Holtmann a spot as a finalist for both the Naismith National Coach of the Year Award and the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award.
Holtmann spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs before being named interim head coach in October 2014 and then being elevated to head coach at Butler in January 2015.
Holtmann Career Highlights
2013 Big South Coach of the Year
2017 Big East Coach of the Year
2017 CollegeInsider.com National Coach of the Year
1994 NAIA All-American
Prior to his time at Butler, Holtmann was head coach at Gardner-Webb for three seasons from 2010-13, leading the Runnin' Bulldogs to a school Division I record 21 victories in his final season after taking over a program that won just eight games in 2009-10. In his last season at Gardner-Webb, Holtmann garnered Big South Conference and NABC District 3 Coach of the Year laurels.
Before becoming head coach at Gardner-Webb, Holtmann served two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio University under former Ohio State assistant coach John Groce, and spent five seasons, including four as associate head coach, on the staff at Gardner-Webb
Holtmann, from Nicholasville, Ky., was an NAIA All-American guard at Taylor University, helping guide the Trojans to a 25-9 record, a No. 1 national ranking and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament in 1993-94. After his playing days, Holtmann spent the 1997-98 season as a graduate assistant at Taylor and the 1998-99 season as an assistant at Geneva College before returning to Taylor as an assistant coach under Paul Patterson from 1999-2003. In his last two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Holtmann helped lead the Trojans to a 50-16 record, back-to-back conference titles and a ranking in the Top 15 nationally.
Holtmann earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Taylor in 1994 and a master's degree in athletic administration from Ball State in 2000. He and his wife, Lori, have one daughter, Nora Jane.
Chris Holtmann Coaching History
2017 -- Ohio State, Head Coach
2014-2017 -- Butler University, Head Coach
2013-14 -- Butler University, Assistant Coach
2010-13 -- Gardner-Webb, Head Coach
2008-10 -- Ohio University, Assistant Coach
2003-08 -- Gardner-Webb, Assistant Coach/Associate Head Coach
1999-2003 -- Taylor University, Assistant Coach
1998-99 -- Geneva College, Assistant Coach
1997-98 -- Taylor University, Graduate Assistant
Chris Holtmann Coaching Record
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