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Chris Holtmann hired at DePaul

Former Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann has been officially announced as the new head coach at DePaul. Holtmann went 137-86 with four NCAA Tournaments in 6+ years with the Buckeyes, and before that served as head coach at both Butler (2014-17) and Gardner-Webb (2010-13).

“After an extensive national search, I am proud to welcome Chris Holtmann to Chicago and our Blue Demon family,” AD DeWayne Peevy said in a statement. “Chris’ track record as a head coach of high-level programs, demonstrated commitment to excellence on and off the court, and NCAA postseason experience made him the perfect hire for DePaul. Chris unmistakably shares our values and our vision for DePaul men’s basketball, recognizes our commitment to the resources required to compete at a high level, and is eager to return our program to national prominence.”

Holtmann has experience coaching and recruiting in the Midwest, and has also worked in the Big East before from his time at Butler. He was named Big East COY in 2017 and that same year led the Bulldogs to the Sweet Sixteen. The following year, his first at OSU, he led the Buckeyes to a 2nd place finish and won Big Ten COY and the Jim Phelan Award as a national COY.

DePaul has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2004 and their last Sweet Sixteen appearance was in 1984. Holtmann is the first new hire for the program to have previously been to the Sweet Sixteen with another program since Pat Kennedy (1997-2002).


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