The reconstruction of the Butler Bulldogs‘ coaching staff began when Brad Stevens made the decision to leave the university for the Boston Celtics. It didn’t take the school very long to name a replacement for Stevens, as assistant coach Brandon Miller was bumped up into the top spot just days later.
Less than two weeks into his head coaching tenure, Miller is rounding out his staff and on Monday morning, the Bulldogs added a key piece with Gardner-Webb head coach, Chris Holtmann. It’s not often you see a coach give up a head coaching position to become an assistant elsewhere, but that’s exactly what Holtmann is doing.
Just this past season, the Bulldogs finished up the season at 21-13 and although they did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament, Holtmann was tabbed as the league’s top coach. So, Butler, who is heading to the Big East Conference under the new guidance of Miller, has now added the reigning Big South Conference Coach of the Year to its staff — pretty impressive.
Holtmann is bolting a head coaching position to take an assistant slot with a team that is headed to one of the nation’s top conferences. If you look at it that way, well, then Holtmann is making a good choice here. To others however, it may come off a little strange to see a coach leave a head position.
Either way, Butler is the program that is reaping all the benefits here, as this is a huge pickup for Miller and the Bulldogs.
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