Dec 18, 2011; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Gardner Webb Runnin Bulldogs head coach Chris Holtmann yells out to his players during the first half against the Gardner Webb Runnin Bulldogs. Wake Forest defeated Gardner Webb 67-59 at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Butler adds former Gardner-Webb Head Coach as Assistant












Perhaps the biggest concern of making Brandon Miller the head coach, when looking from the outside, is that he has no prior experience as a head coach. Sure, Miller has had plenty of experience in learning from some of the best out there and has seen what it takes to lead a program to success, but he has yet to do so himself.

Butler’s newest hire as an assistant coach, however, has done just that.

Chris Holtmann, the head coach of Gardner-Webb’s most successful team in school history last season, has decided to leave his position at the top of that program to become an assistant on Brandon Miller’s staff at Butler.

This didn’t come without connections to Butler, though. As is the norm in new coaching hires at Butler, he is familiar with the program from his days working on John Groce’s staff at Ohio.

The current head man at Illinois, Groce coached under Thad Matta at Butler before moving on to become a head coach at Ohio. Chris Holtmann was on the bench with him.

Now, Holtmann will bring three years of experience after rebuilding a basketball program and leading it to a school-record 21 wins last season before being named the Big South Coach of the Year as well.

Butler and Brandon Miller have shown, through this hire, that he can bring a lot to the table here as well.  And, with a move to the Big East and a new head coach, someone with the type of experience that he has can only help the challenges that lie ahead.


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