September 4, 2019

Holtmann Adds Dials to Basketball Program


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Terence Dials, the 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year and 2015 inductee into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, has been named the director of professional development with the men’s basketball program, Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes, announced Wednesday.

Dials, who lettered in 2002 and then from 2004-06, played 132 games during his career, scoring 1,566 points and grabbing 867 rebounds. His point total rates No. 14 all-time in Ohio State history while his rebound total is ranked No. 5.

His duties will primarily include providing and arranging professional development and community service opportunities for the Buckeyes. Dials will work with the Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute to arrange internships, mentors, job fairs and other personal and career growth initiatives for student-athletes. He also will provide academic support, oversight and mentoring.

“Terence is obviously a name many Buckeye fans know well,” Holtmann said. “We are excited to add him to our staff in our director of professional development position. His outstanding work as a student-athlete here, as well as his experience in sales and business after his professional playing career ended, will be beneficial in his role with our players.

“Because this is a non-coaching position, we elected to change the position title and responsibilities to more accurately fit the position,” Holtmann said. “Terence will play an important role in helping to prepare our players for life after Ohio State. We are really excited about the benefit this will add to our players. Welcome back Terence!”

Dials is ready to get to work in his new role.

“I couldn’t be happier to be a part of a program that gave me the opportunity to live my dream,” Dials said. “Helping grow these young men who represent our university is an honor. I can’t wait to jump right in and be part of the basketball staff at Ohio State. I hope I can share my experiences to help the team and I can’t wait to learn a ton from everyone on staff.

“I want to thank Coach Holtmann, Gene Smith and Scoonie Penn for believing that I would be great fit to represent the University,” Dials said.

Holtmann also announced the hiring of Andrew Dakich and Robbie Rucki as program assistants. The pair will assist with a variety of administrative tasks related to camps, clinics, banquets, gameday events, general correspondence with the public, campus tours and office operation.

Terence Dials
2002, 2004-06, Youngstown, Ohio, Boardman High School
2006 Big Ten Player of the Year
Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame (9/18/2015)

  • Big Ten Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten, 2006.
  • No. 14 on the Ohio State all-time scoring list with 1,566 career points.
  • Led the Buckeyes with 509 (15.9 ppg.) points in 2005 and with 488 (15.3 ppg.) in 2006.
  • One of 32 Buckeyes to score 500 points in a single season.
  • Ranks No. 4 all-time at OSU in career field goal percentage (604-1,082/.558).
  • Led Ohio State in field goal percentage in both 2005 (198-345/.574) and 2006 (194-347/.559).
  • Ranks No. 3 all-time in Ohio State history in career free throws attempted (552).
  • Ranked No. 5 all-time at OSU with 876 career rebounds.
  • Led the Buckeyes in rebounding in 2004 (198/6.6 rpg.), 2005 (253/7.9) and 2006 (257/8.0).
  • As a freshman in 2002, finished No. 2 among Ohio State rookies all-time with a .623 field goal percentage (86-138).
  • His 132 games played ranks No. 11 all-time at Ohio State.
  • Posted 18 double-doubles for his career, which is tied for the No. 17 spot in Ohio State history.
  • Grabbed 10 offensive rebounds vs. New Hampshire (12/28/04) to set a Value City Arena record for most offensive boards in a single game.
  • Was an Ohio State captain in both 2005 and 2006.
  • Earned Ohio State Most Valuable Player honors in both 2005 and 2006.
  • Selected by the Chicago Tribune as the Big Ten’s MVP in 2006.