Shortly after a report surfaced that Chris Holtmann will leave Butler to become the new Ohio State men's basketball head coach, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported that Holtmann has agreed to an eight-year deal with the Buckeyes on Friday.
Per Goodman, Holtmann will make $3 million per year.
Holtmann posted a 70-31 (.693) record as the head coach at Butler the last three seasons. The 2017 Big East Coach of the Year guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament all three years as well, making it to the Sweet 16 this past season.
In April, Holtmann, 45, signed a contract extension with Butler through the 2024-25 campaign.
Prior to his time at Butler, the Nicholasville, Ky., native was the man in charge at Gardner-Webb for three seasons (2010-13), his first head-coaching job. He took over an eight-win team and led it to a school Division I record 21 victories and a berth in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament in his final year at the North Carolina school. The Runnin’ Bulldogs went 44-54 (.449) with Holtmann at the helm.
Holtmann had assistant-coaching stints at Taylor University (1997-98, 1999-2003), Geneva College (1998-99), Gardner-Webb (2003-08), Ohio University (2008-10) and Butler (2013-14).
He replaces Thad Matta, whose 13-year run as the OSU men's hoops head coach came to an end on Monday. Ohio State has not qualified for the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons, finishing with a 17-15 record in 2016-17.