Ohio State Assistant Jake Diebler Named Interim Coach Following Chris Holtmann’s Firing

By Garrick Hodge on February 14, 2024 at 2:03 pm
Jake Diebler

Ohio State men's basketball will be led by assistant coach Jake Diebler for the team's final six games of the regular season and during the Big Ten Tournament.

Following Chris Holtmann's firing on Wednesday, Ohio State named Diebler the team's interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Diebler, who has been on Holtmann's staff since 2019, has been OSU's associate head coach since 2022. The older brother of Jon Diebler, he was also Ohio State’s video coordinator from 2014-16 before a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt.

His first game as the interim head coach will be against No. 2 Purdue on Sunday in Columbus. Diebler previously served as head coach for the Buckeyes’ Dec. 21 game against New Orleans when Holtmann was out with the flu.

Per Ohio State, its search for Holtmann’s successor will commence at the end of the season with new athletic director Ross Bjork leading the search. Ohio State basketball players will also have a 30-day window to enter the transfer portal if they so choose ahead of the window opening for all players nationwide on March 18.

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