On Thursday morning, it became official.
Skinn comes to Columbus after three years at Seton Hall which were preceded by three years at Louisiana Tech where he made his coaching debut in the collegiate ranks. He's the first assistant coach of Holtmann's to truly be hired from the outside of his and the program's circles since Gene Smith tabbed him as the next head coach in 2017.
“We are really excited about the addition of Tony Skinn as an assistant coach,” Holtmann said in a statement. “Tony comes highly recommended from every level – NBA, college, AAU and high school. Tony was an outstanding player on a Final Four team, and as a professional. He has developed a reputation in his coaching career as being a tremendous worker, he’s detailed oriented, builds excellent relationships with players and is an outstanding recruiter. He has strong ties in the DC Metro area and has worked with some highly successful high school, AAU and college programs. We can’t wait for him to get started. A big welcome to Tony, Weyni, Isaiah, Liam and Noelle to our program and The Ohio State University.”
Skinn joins Ryan Pedon and Jake Diebler as the third and final assistant coach, filling the opening left by Terry Johnson going to Purdue.
“The opportunity to come to a program like Ohio State is very unique, and I’m grateful that Coach Holtmann has given me this opportunity,” Skinn said in a statement. “As a fan of basketball, the Ohio State brand is second to none and I’m excited to get to work. This is a very good team and program, and I hope with the experiences that I had as a player and now as a coach, that I can make a big impact. I’m not too far removed from the process of being a player. I know the culture and the mentality of the day-to-day grind, and I can put myself in their shoes and help them become a better basketball player.”