Butler’s announced on Sunday that it will bring back a familiar face as the school hires Thad Matta to be its next coach.
The hiring comes days after Butler fired head coach Lavall Jordan, when Jordan’s buyout dropped dramatically.
“The success Thad has achieved in each of his programs speaks for itself,” Butler athletic director Barry Collier said in a statement. “He is a world-class coach and scout who brings valuable experience and infectious energy to Butler. I’ve seen that personally in Thad as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.
“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to return to Butler and lead our men’s basketball program,” Matta added. “There is a solid foundation in place and I am confident Butler will always be among the top programs in the Big East. I can’t wait to tackle the work we have ahead of us and be back on the sidelines at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
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Matta spent four years with Butler as a coach, including a brief stint as head coach in the 2000-01 season. After leading the Bulldogs to a 24-8 record that year, Matta left to take the same position at Xavier.
In three years, Matta led Xavier to three 20-winning seasons and three NCAA tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2004. From there, Ohio State hired Matta for its men’s basketball team. -ball.
Matta coached the Buckeyes for 13 years and had a very successful tenure. He won 20 games in all but one season, and he reached 30 wins on three occasions, while appearing in nine NCAA tournaments. Ohio State’s best season with Matta came in 2006-07, when they earned a No. 1 seed and lost to Florida in the national championship. In total, Matta made two Final Fours with the Buckeyes.
Butler is not the first team to bring back a former coach for the upcoming season. Earlier in the offseason, Xavier signed Sean Miller, who coached the Musketeers from 2004 to 2009.
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