INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Butler University and men's basketball head coach Chris Holtmann have agreed on an extension through the 2020-21 season the school announced on Monday.
“We are very pleased to announce that we have reached a contract extension agreement with Chris,” said Butler Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier in a statement. “He has provided outstanding leadership for our student-athletes, embodied the Butler Way and represented Butler University extremely well.”
The 1st year head coach was rumored as a candidate for open coaching positions including one at the University of Tennessee.
“As a family, we are excited about this opportunity and we are very grateful to be able to serve Butler University in this role for years to come,” Holtmann said in a statement. “This has become home for us and I believe that we achieved success this year because of the quality of people in and around our program that Butler attracts. We understand the great responsibility in this role and will work extremely hard to make those who care about Butler basketball proud. I want to thank President Danko and Barry Collier for their significant leadership and support.”
After being named interim head coach a week before the season, Holtmann helped lead Butler through a difficult start to the season with former head coach Brandon Miller taking a medical leave of absence. As the season marched on he helped the team bond together and really get back to the basics of Butler basketball.
The Bulldogs finished 23-11 in his first season and finished 2nd in the Big East. They finished 3rd in the Battle 4 Atlantis and were ranked as high as No.15, while being ranked for the majority of the season. They also advanced to the 3rd round of the NCAA Tournament defeated 11-seed Texas and falling to 3-seed Notre Dame in overtime.
Holtmann and Bulter move forward looking to fill out their 2015 recruiting class and get ready for their 3rd season in the Big East.