INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - After 12 weeks of leading the Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team as the interim head coach, Chris Holtmann has had the interim tag removed from his title.
Holtmann becomes the 23rd head coach in Butler men's basketball history.
“Chris has provided important leadership and coached successfully in a difficult situation. He has fully embraced the Butler Way and we are confident in the future of our basketball program with Chris at the helm,” stated Collier in announcing the appointment. “We want to thank Brandon Miller for his many contributions to Butler over the last 18 months, and wish him well. Out of respect for Brandon and his privacy, we will have no additional comment.”
The move by the University and athletic director Barry Collier brings to a close the 12-week medical leave for former head coach Brandon Miller, who will not return as head coach. Miller spent just one season as Butler's head coach before requesting the leave this summer.
Holtmann joined Butler last year as an assistant to Miller after leaving Gardner-Webb where he coached the Bulldogs to three consecutive improving seasons and the schools first post-season appearance.
“I am honored to be named the Head Coach at Butler University and it is a real privilege to serve the University in this capacity,” said Holtmann of his appointment. “I would like to thank President Danko and Barry Collier for their significant leadership and guidance during these last few months. I would also like to thank our staff and players for their incredible support and hard work. This is a special place and a program rich in tradition. We look forward to working extremely hard to make the Butler community proud in the coming years. We are grateful to Brandon for his leadership and he will always be an important part of Butler Basketball. He and his family remain in our program’s thoughts and prayers.”