Some fans have clamored for Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta to make some assistant changes after three years of diminishing results on the court. Top assistant Jeff Boals was just named the head coach at Stony Brook. Now, Matta will have to find some more new blood.
Ohio State video coordinator Jake Diebler is leaving the program to take an assistant coaching job at Vanderbilt, per ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Bryce Drew, the former Valparaiso coach just hired to turn the Commodores around, tapped a former Crusader player and coach to help build out his staff.
Diebler, brother to former Ohio State sharpshooter Jon Diebler, was a standout basketball player in his own right at Valparaiso, and had worked as the director of basketball operations and as an assistant with the Crusaders, prior to coming to Ohio State.
Diebler's departure gives Ohio State the opportunity to find another young, hungry, potential future-assistant coach to build out their staff, provide Xs and Os advice, and be another voice in the locker room and on the bench. For a program that could use an infusion of leadership, maybe that's not a bad thing.
Congrats to Diebler, and best of luck at his next gig.