Chris Holtmann is in his second season at the helm of the Basketball Buckeyes. He is the 14th head coach in Ohio State history. Holtmann, 46, grew up in Nicholasville, Kentucky. He played basketball at Taylor University, and it was there he earned All-America honors as the team’s captain in 1994 and was inducted into the Taylor Hall of Fame in 2018. Holtmann started coaching as a graduate assistant at Taylor in 1997. He coached at Geneva College, Garner-Webb and Butler before he came to OSU. Along the way he earned a master’s degree in athletic administration from Ball State in 2000. Holtmann was named head coach at OSU on June 9, 2017, replacing Thad Matta. He’s married to wife Lori and the two have a daughter. For a Division 1 Head Basketball Coach with many demands on his time, Coach Holtmann made time to engage with FCA while at Gardner Webb and Butler Universities. Coach is a very humble leader of young men and driven to do what's best for his team. Coach would attend the weekly FCA Coaches Bible study when his schedule permitted. In addition he would speak at the FCA huddle on campus and to local FCA teams and huddles. He introduced FCA staff to his teams and encouraged them to interact and use FCA staff as a resource during their time as a player in the program. Allowing FCA to be a part of team's leadership development program helped Coach meet his concern for the whole person; Basketball, Life and Faith journey.
Coach always had time to close the door and have a private conversation which ninety percent of the time would lead away from basketball to how he was leading his team at home, his wife and daughter in their life and faith journey and his point leader role in their life. He himself was willing to be accountable and always allowed the conversation to go in that direction.