A new contract extension could keep Chris Holtman at Columbus for the next six seasons.
Pending final approval by the Board of Trustees, Ohio State’s head basketball coach receives a three-year contract that extends through the 2027-28 campaign. With five years under his belt already at Ohio State, Holtman will now be under contract for 11 seasons in total.
Holtman was a former contractor during the 2024-25 season, a deal he signed in 2017 that paid him $3 million annually in gross compensation. Under his new contract, Holtman will receive a $500,000 salary increase, bringing his total annual compensation to $3.5 million annually with a base salary of $1 million.
Holtman is 107-56 with the Buckeyes through his first 163 games at the helm, and if you include the 2019-20 season (which has been curtailed by COVID-19), all five of Ohio State’s teams would have made the NCAA debut of his Buckeye career. The only other Ohio State coach to appear in at least five consecutive NCAA championships was Holtman’s predecessor, Thad Mata, who went to seventh in a row from 2008-09 to 2014-15.
Ohio State achieved its highest-ranking NCAA Tournament under Holtman two seasons ago, when the Buckeyes finished second after reaching the Big Ten Tournament for the first time in eight years. However, Ohio State suffered a shock first-round Big Dance loss that year, and after losing a round of 32 last March, none of Holtmann’s Buckeye teams were able to make it past the second round of the NCAA Championship.
In his recent performance review, which assessed the 2020-2021 roster, Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said Holtman has done an “exceptional job,” and Smith said at a press conference last February that he was pleased with the whereabouts of Buckeye basketball.
“I’m really happy with where we are. We’re striving for championships, there’s no doubt about that, and we need to get there — and we will,” Smith said. “But you look at his recruiting and he’s off the chain. I just love the teaching he’s doing…I feel really good about what he’s doing, and I feel good about recruiting him.”
Holtman’s upcoming five-man recruiting class ranks No. 6 in the country, his best mark as head coach for Ohio State, and No. 1 in the Big Ten.
Holtman was one of five Ohio State coaches to receive a contract extension Wednesday, and Ryan Day also achieved a new deal that will pay him $9.5 million during the 2028 football season.
Ohio State women’s basketball coach Kevin McGough receives a new four-year contract that will pay him $1.05 million annually. Nick Myers, men’s lacrosse coach, signs a five-year contract that runs through the 2027 season, while men’s hockey coach Steve Rolick gets a two-year contract that runs through the 2025-26 season.