COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes, announced April 22 the hiring of Jake Diebler, who most recently was an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, to the Ohio State staff as an assistant coach.
Diebler replaces Mike Schrage, who recently was named head coach at Elon University.
“We are excited about the addition of Jake Diebler to our staff,” Holtmann said. “Jake was highly recommended by those he has worked for as well as by many of our former players who are now playing professionally. I appreciated several of them reaching out to recommend him during this process. Jake has shown the ability to recruit at a high level, teach and develop players and his work ethic is highly regarded. His Ohio roots and ties also were important in this process. The Diebler name certainly brings back great memories and I know Jake will work extremely hard to create more in the future.”
Diebler joined the Vanderbilt coaching staff as an assistant coach in April of 2016 after spending three years as the video coordinator at Ohio State and the previous two seasons as an assistant coach on Bryce Drew’s staff at Valparaiso, where he helped Drew and the Crusaders to Horizon League regular-season titles in 2012 and 2013.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join Coach Holtmann and his staff at THE Ohio State University,” Diebler said. “I have admired this staff’s work over the last few years and have grown to know them to be one of the best in the country.”
Diebler said having a personal family relationship with the Ohio State program is meaningful as well.
“Our family has roots that run deep in Ohio and at Ohio State, which makes this mean that much more to us,” Diebler said. “It’s truly a blessing to be a part of such a prestigious university and athletics community, and I can’t wait to get started.”