After being rumored for several openings this spring, Gardner-Webb has locked down their head coach Chris Holtmann through the 2018 season. Holtmann was rumored to be a candidate at Ball State and Furman this offseason.
The Bulldogs had their first winning season this year since 2006. Holtmann just finished his third year in Boiling Springs and is 44-54 over that span. GWU did go 21-13 this year and made it to the CIT. Holtmann was named Big South Coach of the Year.
Holtmann remarked on the extension in a official release from the school:
"I am very excited about the direction and culture of our program, and grateful for the opportunity we've been given at Gardner-Webb. We have seen tremendous growth all three of our years here, it was just a little more noticeable this past season with 21 wins and a postseason berth. Our first two recruiting classes have matured and taken ownership of the program – which is very rewarding to see as a coach.
"We have such a long way to go to be able to sustain success during the inevitable peaks and valleys a program can go through. I am thrilled to continue to work every day toward that with a tremendous staff and a great group of kids who I care for very much. Winning is always difficult and requires unbelievable commitment. Having said that, I look forward to leading our program here in valuing people and process in our continued pursuit of a championship."