Butler, Chris Holtmann agree to contract extension through 2021-22 season

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Head coach Chris Holtmann of the Butler Bulldogs talks to Alex Barlow #3 in the first half against the Texas Longhorns during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Butler men’s basketball program and head coach Chris Holtmann have agreed to a contract extension. The deal will run through the 2021-22 season.

In his first two seasons, Holtmann led the team to the second round of the NCAA tournament. His teams are 22-14 in Big East play.

In a statement released by the team, Butler president James  Danko said, “In his time at Butler, Chris has proven himself to be among the top tier of coaches nationally. We have seen that translate to wins on the court. Chris continues to be an excellent ambassador for Butler University and our mission. On behalf of the Butler community, I’m excited for our future with Chris continuing to lead our men’s basketball program and the tremendous coaching staff and student-athletes who represent us so well.”

Holtmann became the interim head coach in January of 2015, and after three months was named Butler’s 23rd men’s basketball head coach.

“I want to thank President Danko and Barry Collier for their continued support and confidence in our long-term ability to lead this outstanding program,” Chris Holtmann in a statement released by the school.

“I know I speak for our staff when I say how much we understand and appreciate the great responsibility that comes with this position. I am honored to serve Butler University in this capacity and I, along with Lori and Nora, are very excited about our future here. “

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