Ohio State men's basketball: Assistant coaches, support staff get positive evaluations, too

Adam Jardy

In evaluations performed by Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann, his full-time assistants and the majority of his support staff received “exceeded expectations” evaluations for their work during the 2017-18 academic year, according to documents obtained by The Dispatch.

Holtmann, whose evaluation was performed by athletic director Gene Smith, also was evaluated as having exceeded expectations.

Here’s how Holtmann’s assistants, support staff and strength coach fared.

Terry Johnson, assistant coach

Johnson described his job as being broken up evenly into three categories: help our student athletes grow on and off the floor, recruiting the next group of student athletes to The Ohio State University and defense.

He has four goals for the year. Tops among them: “Recruit/run point on at least one major contributer (sic) in the class of ’20 or ’21 as well as a quality individual for our program and university.”

Holtmann, who conducts the reviews of his assistants, cited Johnson as having exceeded expectations in all categories.

“Terry had a very good year!” Holtmann wrote. “He developed good relationships with our players, helped recruit an important class, and had a very important role in coordinating a Top 20 Defense.”

His key priorities for the upcoming year are to “continue to develop recruiting relationships in the 2020 and 2021 class” and “to continue to develop our core of young bigs.”

Johnson’s overall rating: exceeds expectations.

Ryan Pedon, assistant coach

Pedon’s self-appraised job responsibilities were split evenly among recruiting, player development and offense, and he felt he exceeded expectations in the first and last categories and met expectations in player development.

His personal highlights from the year included “assisted with adding two members to our 2018 recruiting class” and “helped to establish a culture and foundation within our program.”

Among his five goals for the 2018-19 year are to “help our freshmen class to become leaders within our program” and “add 1-2 pieces to our 2020 recruiting class.” There is also a redacted portion that reads, “Help (names redacted) to have the best year of their lives.”

Holtmann evaluated Pedon as having exceeded expectations in all eight core competencies.

“He was exceptional in helping to build an important recruiting class,” Holtmann wrote. “Ryan helped coordinate a top 25 offense. In addition, he does an outstanding job connecting with Buckeye players of the past.”

Overall rating: exceeds expectations.

Mike Schrage, assistant coach

Half of Schrage’s self-evaluated job responsibilities are described as “coaching: individual workouts/video sessions, team practices/video, developing players/people.” The rest of his job is “recruiting: identifying, communicating/building relationships, & ultimately signing recruits & families” (30 percent) and “scouting opponents specifically personnel (20 percent).

His top goal for the 2018-19 year: Recruit a top 10 2019 recruiting class with at least three scholarships available.

Holtmann cited Schrage as having exceeded expectations in all eight core competencies.

“Mike had a very good year!” Holtmann wrote. “he had an exceptional year recruiting and continues to carry a major role on that front. His role in our scouting of opponents was instrumental to our success.”

His key areas or priorities to focus on for the 2018-19 season are to “continue to spearhead important recruiting classes in 2020 and 2021” and “continue to develop his position group of young players.”

Overall rating: exceeds expectations.

Quadrian Banks, strength and conditioning coach

Banks’ review was performed by assistant athletic director and director of football Mickey Mariotti and senior director for sport performance Heather Mason.

He has several goals, many of which center on improving the facilities. Goal No. 1 says, “Continue to push for weight room, performance facilities improvements. Renovations needed (floor, ceiling, walls, equipment, multi-media, storage/office space).” He also mentions a video board: “Most important for the year – sport science/feedback, recruiting, efficiency.”

Goal No. 2 is to “get the entire MBB team at or under 10% body fat. Everyone improves from the year prior in assessments.”

As evaluated by Mariotti and Mason, Banks met expectations in job knowledge, productivity & quality of work and personal conduct & accountability. He was evaluated as having opportunity for improvement in communication, teamwork, leadership and management.

Holtmann’s evaluation of Banks was that “Quadrian has done an outstanding job this year in the area of strength and conditioning and overall sports performance for our men’s basketball program. He is passionate, tireless, in his work and connects very well with our student-athletes. I think he will continue to grow in specific areas he and I have discussed in the coming year. We look forward to Coach Q building upon last year.”

Banks’ overall rating: meets expectations for student-athletes/opportunity for improvement.

Mike Netti, special assistant to head coach

Netti holds a position newly created upon Holtmann’s arrival, and it’s broken up into three key responsibilities:

1. Advanced scouting (60 percent). Assist in practice and game planning, and video breakdowns with coaches.

2. Assist all areas of on-campus recruiting (30 percent). Such as involvement with visits, improve facility upgrades & aid staff with underclassmen priorities.

3. Academic monitoring (10 percent). Help organize Coach Holtmann’s event schedule, and provide assistance to the Head Coach during community requests.

In addition to adapting to a new role and university, Netti said the program “faced several challenges in the public – the fan base was disconnected with the program, the student and alumni support was inconsistent based on recent decline, and recruiting future talent was difficult due to overcoming a perception of a rebuilding program.”

Holtmann rated Netti as having exceeded expectations in all seven core competencies.

“Mike had a very good 1st year and added a lot to our staff,” Holtmann wrote. “he brings good ideas and has assisted in all aspects of our program.”

Netti’s overall rating: exceeds expectations.

Scoonie Penn, director of player development

His first year on a college staff “was a year of learning how things work as a staff member and figuring out how I can have a positive impact on our student-athletes,” Penn wrote in his summer and highlights section.

It was a challenge.

“This was new for me,” he wrote. “I’ve always been on the other side as a player. Trying to find ways that I can have a impact in our program was challenging at times. The hard challenge was knowing my limitations with what I can do with relation to my position on staff per NCAA rules. I wanted to help so much more because I have a lot to offer.”

His goals for the year match his career goals: in order to “put myself in position where I will be able to become an Assistant Coach” (goal No. 3), Penn will have to “learn how to edit video and break down practice and games” (goal No. 1) and “learn how to organize practice from beginning to the end and have it run smoothly” (goal No. 2).

“Scoonie had a good 1st year,” Holtmann wrote. “He has a great love and understanding of Ohio State. He did a tremendous job of being a liaison with our alumni.” His key priorities for the coming year are to “continue to assist and understand all aspects of a high level program.”

Overall rating: exceeds expectations.