Jake Diebler is expected to be promoted by Ohio State

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Jake Diebler describes the success Ohio State experienced down the stretch of the season once he took over as head coach.
(1:10)Open Extended ReactionsOhio State is expected to promote interim head coach Jake Diebler to the full-time role, sources told ESPN on Saturday night.
Diebler took over for Chris Holtmann in mid-February after the seventh-year head coach was fired following a 4-10 start to Big Ten play.
In his first game as interim head coach, Diebler led Ohio State to a 73-69 win over then-No.
The Buckeyes went 6-2 after Diebler took over, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament before narrowly losing on Friday night to Illinois, 77-74.
They played themselves onto the NCAA tournament bubble with regular-season wins over the Boilermakers, Michigan State and Nebraska and then a conference tournament victory over Iowa.
Diebler joined Holtmann’s staff in 2019 after spending three years under Bryce Drew at Vanderbilt.
The older brother of former Ohio State guard Jon Diebler, who left the Buckeyes as the Big Ten’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made (he has since been passed by Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon), his first stint in Columbus came as the video coordinator on Thad Matta’s staff from 2014 to 2016.
Diebler also spent time as an assistant coach under Drew at Valparaiso, where he played his college ball.
He averaged 5.1 points in 116 games as a player at Valpo.
Barring a surprise on Selection Sunday, Ohio State will miss the NCAA tournament for the second straight season.
The Buckeyes haven’t been out of the first weekend of the tournament since 2013, when Matta led them to the Elite Eight.
Diebler’s first task will be aiming for some level of roster continuity, with the NCAA transfer portal opening on Monday.

After he took over as head coach, Ohio State saw success toward the end of the season, as Jake Diebler explains. At 1:10.

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ESPN was informed by sources on Saturday night that Ohio State plans to elevate interim head coach Jake Diebler to a full-time position.

After the seventh-year head coach was fired after a 4-10 start to Big Ten play, Diebler succeeded Chris Holtmann in the middle of February. Diebler guided Ohio State to a 73-69 victory over the then-No. 2 Purdue.

After Diebler took over, the Buckeyes went 6-2 and advanced to the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals, where they were defeated by Illinois, 77-74, on Friday night. They defeated Iowa in the conference tournament after defeating Michigan State, Nebraska, and the Boilermakers in the regular season. This put them on the verge of the NCAA tournament.

Diebler worked for Bryce Drew at Vanderbilt for three years before joining Holtmann’s team in 2019. His first job in Columbus was as Thad Matta’s video coordinator from 2014 to 2016. He is the older brother of former Ohio State guard Jon Diebler, who left the Buckeyes as the Big Ten’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made (he has since been passed by Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon).

In addition, Diebler served as Drew’s assistant coach at Valparaiso, where he played collegiate ball. He played 116 games at Valpo, averaging 5 points per game.

Ohio State will not be participating in the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year, unless there is a shocking upset on Selection Sunday. Since Matta guided the Buckeyes to the Elite Eight in 2013, the team has never missed the first weekend of the tournament. With the NCAA transfer portal opening on Monday, Diebler’s first priority will be to maintain some semblance of roster continuity.

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