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The Basketball Podcast

Sep 11, 2019

Chris Holtmann, Ideas to Build a Program

Guest: Chris Holtmann,Ohio State’s Head Men's Basketball Coach

Chris Holtmann begins his third season at the helm of the Buckeyes in 2019-20. His two seasons at Ohio State have followed the blueprint established during his tenures at both Gardner-Webb and Butler — Success.

He was named the 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Buckeyes to a 25-9 overall record, a No. 2 finish in the Big Ten regular-season standings (15-3) and a Second Round appearance in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Holtmann teams have won an opening-round game in the NCAA Tournament in each of the last five years, a feat accomplished by a select group of Division I coaches.

In three seasons at Butler, Holtmann compiled a record of 70-31 as a member of the BIG EAST conference. In eight years as a head coach, which includes three years at Gardner-Webb (44-54) and two in Columbus (45-24), his career record is 159-109. His teams have won at least 20 games in each of the last six seasons. 

Butler advanced to the NCAA Tournament in all three seasons with Holtmann as the head coach. He was the 2016-17 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, the 2013 Big South Conference Coach of the Year and a Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist in 2014-15. At Gardner-Webb for three seasons from 2010-13, leading the Runnin’ Bulldogs to a school Division I record 21 victories in his final season after taking over a program that won just eight games in 2009-10.


1:00 - Doing a Good Job Means Good Result

3:00 - Present Focus

5:00 - Unique Path For Him

7:00 - Going Step Backwards to go Forwards

8:40 - Applied his Core Culture Concepts to Butler

10:40 - Non-Negotiable Things 

12:00 - Helping his Players Turn Around Their Situations

14:00 - Difference between Transfers vs Regular Players

16:30 - Best Practices to deal with Conflict with Players

19:00 - Competitive Environment

21:00 - Coping Strategies for Players

22:30 - Evolving his style and concepts

24:00 - Recruiting Same Type of Player in his System

26:00 - Process of their team during March Madness Season

28:00 - Improving Player's Physical and Mental Aspects

30:30 - More 5vs5 practices and Scouting

32:00 - What you Run Behind What you Run

35:00 - Teaching Basic Concepts

38:00 - His Philosophy on Pick and Roll Defense

41:00 - Switching

43:00 - Trial and Error

44:00 - Changes For His Program in the Next Years

46:00 - The effect of the 3-pt line to their team

48:00 - Physicality of the game


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