February 19, 2021

Holtmann Named to Naismith COY Watch List


COLUMBUS, Ohio-Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes, has been selected to the late season watch list for the 2021 Werner Ladder Naismith Men’s Coach of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday.

Holtmann, one of 15 coaches nationally to be recognized, is in his fourth season at Ohio State and has taken the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament twice before a chance for a third trip to the postseason was canceled last March.

The COY recognition is the second for the Buckeyes from the Atlanta Tipoff Club this month.

Sophomore E.J. Liddell was named to the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Midseason Team for Men’s Player of the Year last week.

The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 4 nationally with an 18-4 overall record and a 12-4 mark in the Big Ten.

Ohio State takes on No. 3 Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday at Value City Arena. CBS Sports will televise.