Ohio State announced today that the thirteen-year tenure of head coach Thad Matta is coming to a close effective immediately. According to the Ohio State statement:
“Gene Smith, Ohio State senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation endowed athletics director, announced Monday Thad Matta will no longer be the head men’s basketball coach.
Matta, whose tenure spanned 13 seasons (2005-2017) is the all-time leader in wins (337) and games coached (460) in Ohio State history.
His teams won at least 20 games in 12-consecutive seasons (2005-2016), also an Ohio State record.
The list of accomplishments for Matta’s Buckeyes is extensive.
Two NCAA Final Four Appearances (2007, 2012)
Three NCAA Elite Eight Appearances
Five NCAA Sweet Sixteen Appearances
Seven Big Ten Tournament Title Game Appearances
Nine NCAA Tournament Appearances
10 NBA Draft Picks
11 First Team All-Big Ten Selections
150 Big Ten Regular-Season Wins (13th most in Big Ten History)
216 Home Wins, the most nationally from 2005-2017
Matta, the 13th head coach in Ohio State history, won five regular-season Big Ten titles and four league tournament crowns, the most championships of any league coach over the last 13 seasons.
A national search for the next Ohio State head coach will begin immediately.”
Matta had brought Ohio State into unprecedented success during his time at Ohio State and was regarding as one of the better recruiters and motivators in the game. But that all started to change over the last few years with multiple defections from the program, sagging attendance and missed tournament appearances.
Matta will stay on through the transitions and help with the coaching search for his replacement. Stay with us here at Talking10.c0m as more develops.