Butler coach Holtmann leaving for Ohio State job, report says

Indianapolis Business Journal

Butler University men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann is leaving to take the same position at Ohio State University, The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday morning, citing “multiple sources close to the situation.”

Ohio State is expected to announce the decision Friday morning at a press conference, the newspaper said.

Holtmann has been the head coach at Butler for three seasons, leading the Bulldogs to a 70-31 record overall and 34-20 in the Big East Conference. The team has scored victories in the NCAA tournament in all three of his seasons, including a run to the Sweet 16 this year.

Ohio State’s Thad Matta, the winningest coach in program history, was fired Monday after 13 years. Matta coached Butler in 2001-02 in his first college head coaching job.