Jake Diebler

Jake Diebler - Men's Basketball - Ohio State Buckeyes

position Associate Head Coach

Jake Diebler is in his fourth season on the Ohio State bench. He served the first three as assistant coach and was elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2021-22 season.

In his first year at Ohio State, the Buckeyes built an overall record of 21-10 with a league mark of 11-9, good enough for a tie for the No 5 spot in the league standings. The Big Ten was considered the best league nationally and the toughest top-to-bottom in perhaps the history of the league in 2020. The 2020 Big Ten Tournament, which, along with the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled following the completion of the Big Ten regular season. The Buckeyes again finished with a 21-10 record in 2020-21 season, which also was shortened by COVID-19. The Buckeyes advanced to the title game of the 2021 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis after a fifth-place finished in league play (12-8).

The 2021-22 season saw the Buckeyes win 20 games and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament following a win over Loyola Chicago. The year also featured a consensus All-American season from junior E.J. Liddell and the rise of eventual NBA first round pick Malaki Branham. Liddell, who earned first team All-Big Ten honors, was the only player in the country to average 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 blocks per game. Branham had a tremendous second half of the year and became the eighth Buckeye to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Familiar with the Ohio State program after spending three years as the Buckeyes’ video coordinator (2014-16) and watching his brother Jon become the all-time 3-point record holder at both Ohio State and in Big Ten history (2008-11), Diebler returned to Ohio where he starred as a high school player in Upper Sandusky.

Jon is the all-time leading scorer in Ohio High School basketball history (3,208). Jake holds the all-time Ohio high school career records in both assists (835) and steals (578).

Prior to his first stint with the Buckeyes, Jake coached at Valparaiso with Bryce Drew, where he was part of a staff which helped lead Valparaiso to 22 wins and the regular-season championship in 2012, the first by Valpo since joining the Horizon League. Diebler, who also worked for Drew at Vanderbilt, helped the Crusaders to a berth in the 2012 Postseason National Invitation Tournament. In the 2012-13 season, the Crusaders posted a 26-8 overall record, won the Horizon League regular-season championship for consecutive years, and a berth in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Diebler served as director of basketball operations during the 2010-11 season, helping the Crusaders to a 23-win season.

While at Ohio State in the role of video coordinator, Diebler helped the Buckeyes advance to two NCAA Tournaments and also helped mentor Aaron Craft, the 2014 National Defensive Player of the Year, and D’Angelo Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in 2015 NBA Draft and 2015 First-Team All-American.

Diebler ranked among the Horizon League Top 10 in a trio of categories as a senior at Valparaiso, finishing fourth in minutes played (33.8/game), sixth in 3-pointers made (1.8/game) and eighth in steals (1.3/game). He finished his Crusader career 10th with 130 career steals and 16th all-time at Valpo with 229 career assists.

Also a standout in the classroom, Diebler earned Academic All-League honors and Horizon League Academic Honor Roll mention during his career, as well as being named to the NABC Honors Court. Diebler graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Valparaiso in May 2009 and with an MBA in 2011.

Coaching runs in the family for Diebler. His father Keith, coached high school basketball in the state of Ohio for almost 40 years, while his older brother Jeremiah coached high school basketball as well.

Jake and his wife Jordyn have two young daughters, Jaymes and Jessa and another on the way in October of 2022.

2022-2023 – Ohio State Associate Head Coach
2019-2022 – (3 years) Ohio State Assistant Coach
2017-2019 – (3 years) Vanderbilt Assistant Coach
2014-2016 (3 years)– Ohio State Video Coordinator
2012-2013 (2 years) – Valparaiso – Assistant Coach
2011 (1 year) – Valparaiso – Director of Operations
2010 (1 year) – Valparaiso – Student Assistant