INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - It looks as if Butler will once again be breaking in a new head coach in the 2014-15 campaign. In an unexpected turn of events, Butler has announced that second year head coach Brandon Miller will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from medical reasons the school announced this week.
“Brandon Miller has requested a leave of absence for medical reasons, which the University has granted,” stated athletic director Barry Collier in a statement. “We are not in a position to further elaborate and we ask that everyone respect Brandon’s privacy.”
The leave from the programs comes just one season after Miller returned to Butler. He joined the Butler staff prior to last season as an assistant coach, before Brad Stevens left to coach the Boston Celtics. Miller was then hired as head coach.
Miller led the Bulldogs to a 14-17 (4-14 Big East) record last season during the programs' first season in the Big East Conference.
Butler announced that assistant coach Chris Holtmann will take the reigns as interim head coach.
Before joining Butler as an assistant coach last season, Holtmann was the head coach at Gardner-Webb for three seasons, leading the Bulldogs to a 44-54 mark, including the schools first post-season appearance in 2013 by reaching the CIT.
Butler is looking to bounce back after a disappointing opening season in the Big East last season. The Bulldogs return two of their top three scorers in Kellen Dunham and Kameron Woods, while Roosevelt Jones turns from season-ending wrist surgery.