Ohio State to hire Tony Skinn from Seton Hall as new assistant men's basketball coach

Adam Jardy
Buckeye Xtra
Tony Skinn coaching with Louisiana Tech

Ohio State men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann will fill the final spot on his coaching staff by hiring Seton Hall assistant Tony Skinn.

The development was first reported by Jerry Carino at Gannett New Jersey, and a source close to the OSU program confirmed the report even though the deal has not yet officially been signed. Pending the finalization of the agreement and a standard background check, the move could be officially announced as soon as Monday.

Skinn, who played for George Mason and was part of the program's run to the 2006 Final Four as a No. 11 seed, spent three years at Louisiana Tech before joining Seton Hall in April 2018.

With the Pirates, Skinn primarily worked with the guards and was known for his recruiting, according to his biography on the program's website. Before being hired at Louisiana Tech, Skinn enjoyed a professional career that included a stint with the Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Summer League. He was the athletic director at Paul International High School in Washington, D.C., as well as an assistant coach for AAU program Nike Team Takeover.

He comes highly regarded from basketball personnel at the prep, college and NBA levels and with a reputation as a high-level recruiter and position coach with strong connections to the Washington area. Born in Nigeria, Skinn grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland.

While at Louisiana Tech, Skinn was part of a team that came to Value City Arena and defeated the Buckeyes, 82-74, on Nov. 24, 2015, a game the Bulldogs led from start to finish.

Skinn replaces Terry Johnson, who accepted an assistant coaching position at Purdue this spring. 

Ohio State and Seton Hall are both scheduled to participate in the 2021 Fort Myers Tip-Off.