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Holtmann takes the reins of Gardner-Webb hoops

Boiling Springs, NC (Sports Network) - Gardner-Webb University announced Chris Holtmann as its next men's head basketball coach on Thursday.

Holtmann spent the last two seasons as the lead assistant at Ohio University and previously spent five seasons as an assistant at Gardner-Webb from 2003-2008, serving as associate head coach for four of those years.

The 38-year-old most recently helped guide Ohio to a Mid-American Conference Tournament championship in 2009-10 and a stunning first-round upset of No. 3 seed Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first tourney win for the program since 1983.

"Chris exemplifies the leadership qualities, along with the spiritual maturity to guide this basketball program to the upper echelon of the Big South Conference," said vice president for athletics Chuck Burch.

Holtmann is the fifth head coach in the program's 40-year history and replaces Rick Scruggs, who was not retained at season's end after 15 seasons at the helm.

Scruggs guided Gardner-Webb to a meager 8-21 record this past season. He compiled a 199-218 record at the school.

04/22 14:25:24 ET