position Assistant Coach
Jake Diebler begins his first season on the Ohio State bench as an assistant coach after spending the last three seasons on the Vanderbilt sidelines in the same capacity.
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 returns 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 a young daughter, Jaymes.