Chris Holtmann named Butler head coach

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The Butler University athletic department announced in a press release Friday afternoon that Chris Holtmann has been named the 23rd head coach of the men’s basketball program.

Holtmann assumed the title of interim head coach in early October after the athletic department announced that Brandon Miller was taking a medical leave of absence.

“Chris has provided important leadership and coached successfully in a difficult situation,” athletic director Barry Collier stated. “He has fully embraced the Butler Way and we are confident in the future of our basketball program with Chris at the helm. We want to thank Brandon Miller for his many contributions to Butler over the last 18 months, and wish him well. Out of respect for Brandon and his privacy, we will have no additional comment.”

Holtmann joined the basketball coaching staff last season after serving as men’s basketball head coach at Gardner-Webb University for three seasons. He was named Big South Conference Coach of the Year in 2013 after leading the team to 21 victories.

Butler is 10-4 this season, with its next contest coming Saturday afternoon at No. 15 St. John’s University. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.