Butler intends to keep the coach who led the Bulldogs back to the Sweet 16 around for the foreseeable future. Coach Chris Holtmann's contract has been extended, now running through the 2024-25 season. Holtmann, who led the Bulldogs to their first Sweet 16 since 2011 -- which came under then-coach Brad Stevens -- has led the team to a 70-31 record in his three seasons at Butler, including a 25-9 record this season. Last season's Bulldogs had two wins over the national champion Villanova Wildcats, as well as nonconference wins over Arizona, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Vermont and Bucknell. "Chris is a tremendous ambassador for Butler and the Butler Way, and his leadership has resulted in success both on and off the court for the talented young men in our program," vice president and athletics director Barry Collier said in a statement. "This commitment -- both by our university and by Chris -- allows the momentum within our program to continue." Holtmann has taken the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament every year since taking the job, joining Roy Williams, John Calipari and Mike Brey as the only active coaches to lead teams they are currently coaching for to NCAA tournament wins each of their first three seasons. Holtmann left his head-coaching job at Gardner-Webb to join the Butler staff after Stevens had left the team to coach the Boston Celtics.
Butler extends Holtmann through 2024-25 season
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