A resolution has been passed in the Ohio Senate honoring Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann as the Big Ten’s coach of the year.

The resolution, introduced Tuesday by three senators, states that in their first season with Holtmann the Buckeyes have “already exceeded expectations with their achievements.” Sponsored by Republicans Stephanie Kunze and Kevin Bacon and Democrat Charleta Tavarez, an authenticated copy of the resolution is to be delivered to Holtmann.

Here is what it says:

WHEREAS, The members of the Senate of the 132nd General Assembly of Ohio are pleased to commend Chris Holtmann on being named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in men’s basketball; and

WHEREAS, In just his first year with The Ohio State University, Chris Holtmann’s team has already exceeded expectations with their achievements. Under his leadership, the Buckeyes finished second in the Big Ten thanks to a stellar 15-3 conference record and made it to the NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament for the first time since 2015, and he has truly proven himself to be a fine and talented coach; and

WHEREAS, This award is indicative of the respect that Chris Holtmann has earned for his tremendous coaching abilities, and he has made all who know him proud of his incredible accomplishments. He has helped his players grow as individuals, and the foundation of success he has already established is truly remarkable; and

WHEREAS, Through the work of exemplary individuals such as Chris Holtmann, the future leaders of our state are not only given the tools to succeed in athletic competition but they are also granted the opportunities to learn more about themselves. We are certain that Chris Holtmann’s contributions will continue to be felt throughout OSU’s basketball program, and we applaud his tremendous success; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That we, the members of the Senate of the 132nd General Assembly of Ohio, in adopting this Resolution, pay tribute to Chris Holtmann as the Big Ten Coach of the Year and look to his future with optimism; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the Senate transmit a duly authenticated copy of this Resolution to Chris Holtmann.

Ohio State’s season ended Saturday in Boise, Idaho, with a loss to Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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