Chris Holtmann will look to a native Ohioan to fill the vacancy on his coaching staff.

The Dispatch has learned that Holtmann intends to hire Jake Diebler as an assistant coach to replace Mike Schrage, who departed the program to become the head coach at Elon University.

The decision is expected to be formally announced sometime next week.

Diebler has ties to the Ohio State program, serving as the team’s video coordinator for three seasons before joining Bryce Drew’s staff at Vanderbilt three years ago. The move reunited him with Drew after Diebler had been an assistant coach on his staff at Valparaiso from 2012-13. While with the Commodores, he helped recruit five-star point guard Darius Garland, whose season was cut short after five games due to injury. Without him, Vanderbilt went 8-23 and Drew and his staff were let go.

A native Ohioan with extensive ties to the region, Diebler grew up in Gibsonburg in Northwest Ohio before moving to Fostoria and then eventually to Upper Sandusky, where he starred for his father, Keith Diebler. He starred for Valparaiso as a player from 2005-09, where he finished his playing career 10th in program history with 130 career steals and 16th with 229 career assists.

As of his hiring at Valparaiso, Diebler held the all-time Ohio high school career records in assists and steals.

His younger brother, Jon, played for Ohio State from 2008-11 and is the Big Ten’s all-time leader in three-pointers.

The Buckeyes are not expected to have any further coaching changes during this offseason.

 

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