Earlier this month, Ohio State assistant men’s basketball coach Mike Schrage announced that he was leaving Columbus to become the new head coach at Elon University, meaning that head coach Chris Holtmann had a spot to fill on his staff.
On Wednesday, it appears that Holtmann has found Schrage’s replacement by bringing back a member of the Ohio State family. Jake Diebler is reportedly going to be named OSU’s new assistant coach, following stints at Vanderbilt (2016-19) and Valparaiso (2009-13).
Diebler also served as the Buckeyes’ video coordinator from 2013-16 under previous coach Thad Matta.
Source: Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann plans to hire Jake Diebler as an assistant coach. Diebler was an assistant at Vanderbilt last season.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 17, 2019
Jake Diebler is the brother of the most successful three-point shooter in Ohio State history, Jon Diebler, who played for Matta from 2007-11. Jake Diebler played his college basketball at Valparaiso.
During his time at Vandy, Diebler was the lead recruiter on five-star point guard Darius Garland, who joined the Commodores’ 2018 recruiting class; surely Holtmann will look for Diebler to bring some of that recruiting prowess back to the Buckeyes.
Welcome back to OSU, Jake!