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Miller calls his assistant a "great get" for Bulldogs

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 10:58 am

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:

On why he sought Holtmann as a Bulldog assistant:

"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."

How much is Holtmann relied upon:

"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."

On what separates Holtmann:

"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."