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In his words: Butler coach talks on landing Holtmann

Butler men's basketball coach Brandon Miller speaks with the media during the Big East Conference media day last fall in New York. (File photo by The Associated Press)
Butler men's basketball coach Brandon Miller speaks with the media during the Big East Conference media day last fall in New York. (File photo by The Associated Press)

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Miller calls his assistant a "great get" for Bulldogs

Friday, January 24, 2014 06:45 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - It isn't often that a proven college head coach leaves to be an assistant at another program, but former Gardner-Webb coach Chris Holtmann did so last summer in accepting a position with Butler.Bulldog coach Brandon Miller spoke with The News-Sentinel about that hire recently:"Chris and I have known each other for awhile, we're close friends through the basketball world and we talk. From Butler's standpoint, what a great get for us. Having Chris Holtman on staff and all that he's accomplished in his career as a basketball coach.

"What he brings in terns of his experience, knowledge, his relationships with players, his Xs and Os to the game, his recruiting experience, for us it was a no-brainer for Chris to be here and part of our staff and helping us on a day-to-day basis.""I rely on Chris. He's been a head coach and been through the things that you have to decide on a day-to-day basis, the big picture in what you are looking at for your program. He's had to make those decisions.

"I pick Chris' brain a lot. I constantly ask him questions. I constantly ask him 'Have you been in this situation like this? What are you thinking? What are your thoughts?'

"I talk to Chris a lot and I lean on him because of his experience and because of who he is.""To answer the question 'Why Chris?' One of the most important things (in hiring him) were his values. What he believes in. What he stands for. Who he is as a person. Who he is as a father and a husband. His values are parallel to what we are trying to do here. His values are parallel to Butler University. He fits in a lot of different ways other than just basketball."

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