On Thursday, Ohio State put out a press release, officially announcing that three assistant coaches would be joining Chris Holtmann’s staff in Columbus. The three should offer a huge boost to a Buckeye program trying to rebuild itself.
Here’s a brief look at all three hires.
-Ryan Pedon (Assistant Coach)
Perhaps none of Ohio State’s new hires have a stronger connection to the state of Ohio than Pedon. Not only did he spend time as an assistant coach at Miami (OH) and Toledo from 2005 to 2013, but he was also the Director of Basketball Operations at Kent State from 2002 to 2005 and a graduate assistant at Miami (OH) from 2000 to 2002.
More recently, Pedon spent two seasons with John Groce at Illinois before spending the last two seasons with Holtmann at Butler. As such, he should bring a great deal of Big Ten and in-state experience to the table.
-Mike Schrage (Assistant Coach)
Another coach joining Holtmann from his Butler days will be Mike Schrage, who coached at Butler for the duration of the 2016-’17 season. Prior to his time with the Bulldogs, he was an assistant at Stanford from 2008 to 2016.
Schrage also has a decorated past with administrative roles at Duke between 1999 and 2008 and Ole Miss from 2998 to 1999. He was a student manager at Indiana between 1994 and 1998.
-Terry Johnson (Assistant Coach)
The final assistant coach addition to Holtmann’s staff at Ohio State will be Terry Johnson, who also comes over from Butler. Johnson, however, was with the Bulldogs much longer than the others, coaching from 2007 through 2017.
Prior to his time at Butler, Johnson was at IPFW from 2006 to 2007 and served in administrative roles at Auburn and Butler from 2003 through 2006. He also spent some time at the junior college level in the early 2000s.