One of the first orders of business for new Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann is to fill out a coaching staff.
It appears the first piece of that puzzle is complete.
According to multiple reports, Mike Schrage will join Holtmann's staff with the Buckeyes. Schrage worked alongside Holtmann last season at Butler.
Mike Schrage will go with Chris Holtmann to Ohio State as an assistant coach, per a source. Was at Stanford prior to Butler.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) June 11, 2017
Breaking: As expected, #Butler assistant Mike Schrage is joining coach Chris Holtmann's staff at Ohio State.
— David Woods (@DavidWoods007) June 11, 2017
Prior to his one year at Butler, Schrage was a longtime assistant coach at Stanford from 2008–16. Before that, he was the director of basketball operations and recruiting coordinator at Duke. He has 18 years of coaching experience at Duke, Stanford at Butler.
Wow this happened fast. Only been 1 year but one of best of my life because of people...players, staff, community. I love Butler...Go Dawgs!
— Mike Schrage (@CoachSchrage) June 11, 2017
Schrage likely won't be the only member of Butler's staff to come to Columbus with Holtmann, either. Holtmann could bring all three of his assistants from the previous staff with him to Ohio State should one not land the Butler head coaching job.
Butler's two other assistant coaches last season were Terry Johnson and Ryan Pedon. Pedon was the staff's recruiting expert and is a Columbus native. According to the Star, both interviewed for the job Friday. Other reported candidates for the Butler head coaching job are UW–Milwaukee's LaVall Jordan and Micah Shrewsberry, an assistant with the Boston Celtics.