Butler and men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann have agreed to a contract extension. The deal now runs through the 2021-22 season.
“This extension shows the commitment that both Chris and the University are making to the success of our men’s basketball program on and off the court,” said Butler Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier. “Chris has led our team to significant accomplishments on the court these past two seasons, while also providing outstanding leadership as a key member of the Butler community.”
Butler finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 22-11 record and fourth-place finish in the BIG EAST. The Bulldogs’ 79.9 points per game ranked in the Top 25 nationally. Kellen Dunham,Roosevelt Jones and Kelan Martin each earned All-BIG EAST honors.
Holtmann was named Butler’s 23rd men’s basketball head coach in January of 2015, after serving for three months as interim head coach. He guided the 2014-15 Bulldogs to a 23-11 record, a tie for second place in the BIG EAST and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Butler tied the fourth-best single season turnaround (+8 wins) in BIG EAST history.
“I want to thank President Danko and Barry Collier for their continued support and confidence in our long-term ability to lead this outstanding program,” said Holtmann. “I know I speak for our staff when I say how much we understand and appreciate the great responsibility that comes with this position. I am honored to serve Butler University in this capacity and I, along with Lori and Nora, are very excited about our future here.
The 2016-17 Bulldogs return three starters from last season’s team, including Kelan Martin, who averaged 15.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while earning All-BIG EAST Second Team honors. The Bulldogs also add a recruiting class ranked in the Top 25 by several outlets, in addition to transfers Kethan Savage and Avery Woodson.