DePaul picks former Ohio State coach Holtmann to lead struggling basketball program

Former Big East Coach of the Year Chris Holtmann was named the DePaul men’s basketball coach Thursday afternoon.

Holtmann was fired by Ohio State a month ago.

“After an extensive national search, I am proud to welcome Chris Holtmann to Chicago and our Blue Demon family," said Vice President and Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy. “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 brings over 25 years of coaching experience to Lincoln Park, including 13 as head coach where he has amassed a 251-170 (.596) record and eight postseason appearances. Holtmann had an exceptional stretch of 9-straight 20-win seasons and 8-straight NCAA appearances, including five at Ohio State where he tallied a 137-86 (.617) record. Holtmann is a two-time Naismith National Coach of the Year Award Finalist and three-time conference Coach of the Year, including 2017 Big East Coach of the Year.

DePaul finished this season 3-29. The Blue Demons fired Tony Stubblefield in January.

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