Holtmann would be replacing Thad Matta, who was sacked Monday by the Buckeyes. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA tournament in each of his three seasons in charge, winning 25 games and advancing to the Sweet 16 last season.
The team has moved from being a mid-major darling to a contender in the Big East conference that finished second a season ago.
The 45-year-old began his head coaching career at Gardner-Webb in 2010.
Ohio State parted ways with Matta earlier this week.
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Per David Woods of the Indianapolis Star, Jerald Gillens-Butler, a three-star point guard from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has reaffirmed his commitment. Matta's OSU teams won five Big Ten championships and won the conference tournament four times in his 13 seasons.
But the Buckeyes have fallen on hard times, missing the NCAA tourney the last two years.
Brad Stevens?!? You think he's going to actually consider leaving the team with the best long-term situation in the National Basketball Association outside Golden State to coach an NCAA team who hasn't been to the tournament two years in a row? Among those shocked by the release of the program's all-time winningest coach was team beat writer Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch. Ohio State, it was announced Friday. Holtmann must fortify a roster that needs an upgrade-and more players, as only nine scholarship athletes are on board.
As the college basketball world still unpacks the implications of Thad Matta leaving his post as Ohio State men's basketball coach, some have broken down the impact Matta's departure will have on the recruiting trail. He was promoted to the top job the next season, assuming command from Brandon Miller who had medical issues. The Runnin' Bulldogs went 44-54 (.449) with Holtmann at the helm. Names like Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics and Billy Donovan of the Oklahoma City Thunder were thrown around.
Holtmann is a native of Nicholasville, Kentucky, and played college basketball at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.