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Butler gives Holtmann, who led Bulldogs back to Sweet 16, contract extension through 2024-25 season

Butler intends to keep the coach who led the Bulldogs back to the Sweet 16 around for the foreseeable future.

Head coach Chris Holtmann's contract has been extended, now running through the 2024-25 season. Holtmann, who led the Bulldogs to their first Sweet 16 since 2011, under then-coach Brad Stevens, led the team to a 70-31 record in his three seasons at Butler, including a 25-9 record this season. The Bulldogs had two wins over the national champion Villanova Wildcats, as well as nonconference wins over Arizona, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Vermont, and Bucknell.

"Chris is a tremendous ambassador for Butler and the Butler Way, and his leadership has resulted in success both on and off the court for the talented young men in our program," said vice president/director of athletics Barry Collier in a statement. "This commitment -- both by our university and by Chris -- allows the momentum within our program to continue."

Holtmann has taken the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament every year since taking the job, joining Roy Williams, John Calipari and Mike Brey as the only active coaches to lead teams they are currently coaching for to NCAA tournament wins each of their first three seasons. Holtmann left his head coaching job at Gardner-Webb to take the Butler job, which had been vacated by Stevens, who left the team to coach the Boston Celtics.

"Butler truly is a special place, and my family and I are thankful to be part of a great academic institution and an athletics department that is a source of pride for those who embrace Butler and The Butler Way," Holtmann in the statement. "Our student-athletes, our staff, and so many throughout our campus are remarkable at what they do, and I'm excited to continue to work alongside them.

"Our family and staff are grateful for the incredible leadership and support of Barry Collier and President Danko. There is significant work ahead as we look to continue the outstanding success this program has experienced over a number of years. We look forward to that work."