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Episode 72: Chris Holtmann, Ideas to Build a Program
11th September 2019 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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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. Breakdown 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   Chris Holtmann’s Bio Bio: Twitter:    Basketball Immersion Website: Twitter: YouTube: Facebook: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at




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