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Chris Holtmann named 2017 Big East Coach of the Year

Holtmann led Butler to a 23-7 record.

NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at Butler Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to Wednesday night’s Big East Tournament first round games, the conference named Butler Bulldogs head coach Chris Holtmann the Big East Coach of the Year.

Holtmann, who becomes the first Butler coach to win the award, guided the Bulldogs to a 23-7 record despite the graduation of Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones.

Additionally, Butler is 6-2 against teams in the AP Top 25 this season, and expected to receive its third consecutive NCAA Tournament selection, all under Holtmann.