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Archive for June 9th, 2017

Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier issues statement on Chris Holtmann

On Chris Holtmann being named head coach at Ohio State University…

“Chris is a tremendous basketball coach, but more importantly, he is a great man who has led our program well and embodied The Butler Way during his time with us. On behalf of everyone at Butler, we wish him, Lori, and Nora continued success as they make this transition. Our basketball program is among the nation’s best and Butler University is committed to maintaining our competitive success on a national level, while also recruiting young men who will represent our institution well in the classroom and in the community. We will work efficiently to identify our next head coach.”

Barry Collier (courtesy Butler Athletics)

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY John Dedman; COURTESY BUTLER ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Ohio State wastes no time naming Butler’s Chris Holtmann as its new Men’s Basketball Coach

 

June 9, 2017

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Gene Smith, Ohio State senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation endowed athletics director, announced the hiring of Butler’s Chris Holtmann as the next head men’s basketball coach of the Buckeyes.

 

Holtmann, who completed his third year with the Bulldogs in 2016-17, has agreed to an eight-year contract with Ohio State worth about $3 million annually, Smith said. Final details of the deal are being finalized and will be released at a later date.

 

Smith said Holtmann fit the criteria he sought for the 14th head coach in Ohio State history.

 

“Chris is focused on academics, is a high-integrity person, a relentless recruiter with Midwestern ties and a proven winner,” Smith said.

Chris Holtmann OSU (photo by Zach Bolinger, courtesy Butler Athletics)

 

In three seasons at Butler, Holtmann compiled a record of 70-31 as a member of the BIG EAST conference. In six years as a head coach, which includes three years at Gardner-Webb (44-54), his career record is 114-85. His teams have won at least 20 games in each of the last four seasons, including a 25-9 record a year ago.

 

Butler advanced to the NCAA Tournament in all three seasons with Holtmann as the head coach. He was the 2016-17 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, the 2013 Big South Conference Coach of the Year and a Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist in 2014-15.

 

Holtmann left a position as head coach at Gardner-Webb to become an assistant coach at Butler prior to the 2013-14 season. After one year as an assistant, Holtmann found himself back in the lead chair. He was appointed interim head coach and given the task of leading the Bulldogs through the start of the 2014-15 season. Three months later, on Jan. 2, 2015, Butler Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier removed the “interim” tag and named Holtmann head coach of the Bulldogs.

Holtmann served as head coach at Gardner-Webb for three seasons (2010-13), leading the North Carolina school through a successful rebuilding effort. He took the Runnin’ Bulldogs from eight wins in 2009-10 to a school Division I record 21 victories and a berth in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament in his last year. Gardner-Webb won 10 of its final 11 games in 2012-13 and finished a game out of first place in the Big South Conference. For his efforts, Holtmann was named Big South Conference Coach of the Year and NABC District 3 Coach of the Year.

Prior to taking the head coaching position at Gardner-Webb, Holtmann spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio University under former Butler and Ohio State assistant John Groce. He helped build back-to-back top classes as recruiting coordinator for the Bobcats, and he was part of the staff that led Ohio to the 2010 Mid-American Conference Tournament title and an upset of No. 3 seed Georgetown in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Before his stint at Ohio, he served for five seasons as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb, including four seasons as associate head coach.

A native of Nicholasville, Ky., Holtmann was an NAIA All-American guard at Taylor University. He helped lead Taylor to a 25-9 record, a No. 1 national ranking and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament in 1993-94. He served as a graduate assistant coach at Taylor in 1997-98, spent one season as an assistant coach at Geneva College and then returned to Taylor as an assistant coach under head coach Paul Patterson. In his final two seasons at Taylor, the Trojans posted a 50-16 record, won back-to-back conference titles and ranked in the “Top 15” of the NAIA national poll.

Holtmann earned a degree in psychology from Taylor in 1994 and a Master’s Degree in athletic administration from Ball State in 2000.  He and his wife, Lori, have one daughter, Nora Jane.

2017 – Ohio State, Head Coach

2014-2017 – Butler University, Head Coach
2013-14 – Butler University, Assistant Coach
2010-13 – Gardner-Webb, Head Coach
2008-10 – Ohio University, Assistant Coach
2003-08 – Gardner-Webb, Assistant Coach/Associate Head Coach
1999-2003 – Taylor University, Assistant Coach
1998-99 – Geneva College, Assistant Coach
1997-98 – Taylor University, Graduate Assistant

 

Year Team Wins Losses Pct
2010-11 Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs 11 21 .344
2011-12 Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs 12 20 .375
2012-13 Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs 21 13 .618
2014-15 Butler Bulldogs 23 11 .676
2015-16 Butler Bulldogs 22 11 .667
2016-17 Butler Bulldogs 25 9 .735
Totals 114 85 .573

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Dan Wallenberg; COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

NHL Morning Skate for Friday, June 9, 2017: Stanley Cup Finals edition; Penguins shutout Predators, 6-0 to take 3-2 series lead

THURSDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 6, Nashville 0 – PIT leads 3-2

TOP SCORERS POWER PENGUINS TO GAME 5 WIN, 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Evgeni Malkin (1-1—2), Sidney Crosby (0-3—3) and Phil Kessel (1-2—3) – the top three scorers, respectively, this postseason – each registered multiple points to lead the Penguins to a 3-2 series edge in the Stanley Cup Final.

* Malkin (10-18—28) posted his League-leading 27th and 28th points of the playoffs, reaching the 10-goal milestone for the third time in his 10 career postseasons (also 2009: 14 and 2008: 10). Only two other Penguins players have as many playoff years with 10 or more goals: Mario Lemieux (4x) and Jaromir Jagr (3x).

* Crosby (8-19—27) recorded his 56th career multi-point postseason game (147 GP), tied for fourth in NHL history with Paul Coffey (194 GP) and Glenn Anderson (225 GP). Crosby (4-16—20 in 24 GP) also surpassed Lemieux (10-9—19 in 9 GP) for the most career points by a Penguins player in the Stanley Cup Final.

* Kessel (8-15—23) added his fifth career three-point playoff game (70 GP), four of which have come in the last two years (48 GP). That includes two earlier this postseason, in Game 5 of the First Round vs. CBJ (1-2—3) and Game 2 of the Second Round at WSH (2-1—3).

HOME SWEET HOME
* The home team has won the opening five games of the Stanley Cup Final, the 12th such occurrence since the series adopted the best-of-seven format in 1939 (and first since 2011). Three of the prior 11 such instances featured the home team winning all seven games of the series, in 1955 (DET vs. MTL), 1965 (MTL vs. CHI) and 2003 (NJD vs. ANA).

* Home teams have won 38 of the past 54 games in the Stanley Cup Final dating to 2009 (70.4%). The Penguins now have won 13 of their 17 all-time home games in the Stanley Cup Final, including five of six over the past two years.

* The Penguins have won 10 of their 13 total home games this postseason, a franchise record. Only four teams in NHL history have earned more such victories in a single playoff year: the 2003 Devils (12), 1988 Oilers (11), 2009 Red Wings (11) and 2013 Blackhawks (11).

* The home team owns a 24-6 goals advantage thus far in the Stanley Cup Final (PIT: 15-4, NSH: 9-2).

MURRAY, PENGUINS JOIN RARE COMPANY
Matt Murray made 24 saves to guide the Penguins to a 6-0 win. Only three other teams have posted a shutout victory with as large of a margin in the Stanley Cup Final since the NHL took control of the trophy in 1926-27: the 1947 Canadiens (Game 1 vs. TOR: 6-0 W), 1965 Canadiens (Game 5 vs. CHI: 6-0 W) and 1991 Penguins (Game 6 at MNS: 8-0 W).

The Penguins earned their third shutout in 34 all-time Stanley Cup Final games and first in 25 years. Tom Barrasso registered the other two (both on the road), making 39 saves in the aforementioned series-clinching Game 6 in 1991 at MNS (8-0 W) and 27 saves in Game 3 of the 1992 Final at CHI (1-0 W).

Murray became the third rookie goaltender to record a shutout in the Stanley Cup Final during the League’s expansion era (since 1967-68), joining Montreal’s Patrick Roy (Game 4 of 1986 F vs. CGY) and Carolina’s Cam Ward (Game 2 of 2006 F vs. EDM).

GUENTZEL TIES NHL ROOKIE RECORD
With his second-period assist, Penguins forward Jake Guentzel (13-8—21 in 24 GP) tied the single-year NHL playoff record for points by a rookie, set by Minnesota’s Dino Ciccarelli in 1981 (14-7—21 in 19 GP) and equaled by Philadelphia’s Ville Leino in 2010 (7-14—21 in 19 GP).

Guentzel, who already owns the NHL rookie mark for game-winning tallies in a single postseason (5), remains one goal behind Ciccarelli’s overall rookie record established in 1981 (14).

GAME 5 TREND
The team that has won Game 5 after a split of the opening four contests of the Final has gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 17 of 24 prior times (70.8%) since the series adopted the best-of-seven format in 1939.

However, the team that has lost Game 5 has rebounded to win the series in four of the past eight such instances, all since 2001 (2001 COL, 2004 TBL, 2009 PIT and 2011 BOS).

DID YOU KNOW?
Teams that have lost by six or more goals have bounced back to win the following game in all three prior instances this postseason: the Oilers in the First Round vs. SJS (lost 7-0 in Game 4, won 4-3 in OT in Game 5), Ducks in the Second Round vs. EDM (lost 7-1 in Game 6, won 2-1 in Game 7) and Senators in the Conference Finals vs. PIT (lost 7-0 in Game 5, won 2-1 in Game 6).

LOOSE PUCKS
Pittsburgh has outscored Nashville 9-2 in the first period of the Stanley Cup Final . . . Penguins captain Sidney Crosby leads all players with 1-6—7 in the Stanley Cup Final . . . Twelve different Pittsburgh players registered at least one point in Game 5 . . . Penguins forward Conor Sheary celebrated his 25th birthday with his fourth career Stanley Cup Final goal (11 GP) . . . Teammate Ron Hainsey (1-1—2) notched his first career multi-point playoff game (24 GP) . . . ICYMI: The NHL announced that actor, director and author Joe Manganiello will host the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile . . . The Kings signed forward Tyler Toffoli to a three-year extension . . . REMINDER: The latest episode of ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup premieres tonight on SHOWTIME at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE PUBLICATION

Blue Jackets sign goalie Joonas Korpisalo to two-year extension

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  JUNE 9, 2017
TWO-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to a two-year contract extension through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

 

Korpisalo, 23, is 23-16-5 with a 2.68 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and one shutout in 45 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets.  He has also posted a 15-16-5 mark with a 2.57 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and two shutouts in 37 career American Hockey League games with the Lake Erie/Cleveland Monsters and Springfield Falcons since making his North American pro debut at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

Joonas Korpisalo

The Pori, Finland native went 7-5-1 with a 2.88 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout in 14 games with the Jackets this past season.  He stopped 24 shots to record his first NHL shutout in a 7-0 victory over the NY Islanders on February 25, 2017.  He was also 7-6-3 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 16 contests with the Monsters.
Korpisalo made his NHL debut in 2015-16, finishing third among NHL rookie goaltenders in wins and save percentage and fourth in games played with a 16-11-4 record, 2.60 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 31 contests.  The 6-3, 190-pound netminder also registered an 8-8-2 mark with a 2.36 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and two shutouts in 18 AHL games with the Monsters.  He went 6-2 with a 2.96 GAA and .898 SV% in nine playoff games to help the Monsters capture the 2016 Calder Cup championship.
Selected by Columbus in the third round, 62nd overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, Korpisalo went 17-15-7 with three shutouts in 48 career games in the Finnish Elite League (Liiga) from 2013-15.
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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

MLB suspends three Minor League players for drug violations

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that three Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Free agent Minor League right-handed pitcher Jose Hernandez has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program. The suspension of Hernandez will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.

Boston Red Sox Minor League right-handed pitcher Yankory Pimentel has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program. The suspension of Pimentel, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League, is effective immediately.

Texas Rangers Minor League right-handed pitcher Yerry Rodriguez has received a 75-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Hydrochlorothiazide, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program. The suspension of Rodriguez, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Rangers, is effective immediately.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

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