Gardner-Webb losing head coach to Butler

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Chris Holtmann, who spent the past three seasons as head coach of Gardner-Webb, is leaving his post to become an assistant at Butler. The school confirmed the news Monday.

New Bulldogs coach Brandon Miller, hired after Brad Stevens' surprising jump to the Boston Celtics earlier this month, is bringing on Holtmann to complete his staff.

"We are grateful for the resurgence Chris created here at Gardner-Webb. He will be sorely missed, both on and off the court," athletic director Chuck Burch said in a statement. "Although we are disappointed not to have him on the sidelines here in Boiling Springs, we will always be supportive of successful coaches' pursuit of opportunities to advance their career.

The move puts Gardner-Webb in a very tough spot. It's the middle of July, the heavy part of the recruiting calendar. Coaches are constantly out on the road, watching recruits and giving out scholarship offers. Now Gardner-Webb must find a man to replace Holtmann.

In three seasons, Holtmann, who was the Big South Coach of the Year last season, went 44-54.

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