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Butler extends coach Chris Holtmann's contract through 2021

Butler Bulldogs head basketball coach Chris Holtmann has received a contract extension that runs through 2021, the school announced Monday.
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Butler head coach Chris Holtmann has received a contract extension, the school announced Monday. The new contract expires after the 2020-21 season. 

Holtmann, 42, was named the Bulldogs' interim head coach when Brandon Millertook a medical leave of absence. The school removed the interim tag on Jan. 2. 

Bulter was 23-11 this season and lost to Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament's Round of 32. 

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"Under challenging circumstances, Chris Holtmann stepped in this past season and quickly demonstrated himself worthy of continuing the Butler legacy of excellent coaching and thoughtful leadership, including Barry Collier, that has underpinned Butler's success," Butler president James Danko said in a statement. "I am delighted that Chris is committed to coaching Butler for many years to come."

Holtmann had reportedly been contacted by Tennessee last week about replacing Donnie Tyndall as the head coach there.

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