Chris Holtmann will be the permanent head coach of the Butler Bulldogs for this season and many to follow, per a Butler press release and ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
The school announced on Friday that Holtmann's interim tag has been removed following a three month period during which Holtmann took over for Brandon Miller after Miller requested a medical leave of absence. Butler's Athletic Director, Barry Collier, had this to say about the situation, "Chris has provided important leadership and coached successfully in a difficult situation. He has fully embraced the Butler Way and we are confident in the future of our basketball program with Chris at the helm. We want to thank Brandon Miller for his many contributions to Butler over the last 18 months, and wish him well. Out of respect for Brandon and his privacy, we will have no additional comment."
Shortly following the press release, ESPN's Jeff Goodman added the following detail.
Chris Holtmann has agreed to a multi-year deal with Butler, sources told ESPN. This will help the stability of the program moving forward.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 2, 2015
As Goodman states, this was a necessary move for the Bulldogs to bring stability to a program that has had three coaches in as many seasons.
Holtmann has led the Bulldogs to a 10-4 record so far this season.
All of us here at Big East Coast Bias would like to extend our best wishes to Brandon Miller going forward.