tBBC Basketball Roundtable – Coaching Staff

Written November 6th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

As the regular season rapidly approaches we here at tBBC take the time to introduce you to the coaching staff and update you on their information. We all will also take the opportunity to express our opinions about said coaches and hopefully get your feedback in the comments section!

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Head Coach. Thad Matta. It could be enough to simply say that all Coach Matta has done in his head coaching career is win atleast twenty games every season, but that doesn’t even do him justice. On top of that, he has had two teams in the final four, three-consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament “Sweet 16,” a fifth Big Ten regular-season crown and yet another drive toward a Big Ten postseason title by making the finals again! Currently has an overall head coaching record of 323-96.

Player wise he has coached two B1G POTY(Dials, Turner), six First Team B1G(Dials, Oden, Conley, Butler, Turner, Sullinger), three All-Americans(Oden, Turner, Sullinger), and has had seven first round NBA draft picks(Oden, Conley, Cook, Koufos, Mullens, Turner, Sullinger).

Per Ohiostatebuckeyes.com 

MATTA QUICK FACTS

  • Full Name: Thad Michael Matta
  • Born: July 11, 1967
  • Hometown: Hoopeston, Ill.
  • High School: Hoopeston-East Lynn
  • Alma Mater: Butler, ’90 (B.S., Education)
  • Playing Career: Played his freshman season at Southern Illinois (1985-86) before transferring to Butler, where he lettered from 1988-90.
  • Coaching Career: Indiana State (GA), 1991; Butler (admin. asst.), 1992-94; Miami, Ohio (asst. coach), 1995; Western Carolina (asst. coach), 1996; Miami, Ohio (asst. coach), 1997; Butler (asst. coach), 1998-2000; Butler (head coach), 2001; Xavier (head coach), 2002-04; Ohio State (head coach), 2005-present
  • Assisted Under: Tates Locke, Indiana State; Herb Sendek, Miami, Ohio; Phil Hopkins, Western Carolina; Charlie Coles, Miami, Ohio; Barry Collier, Butler.
  • Highlights: 2001 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year; National “Rookie” Coach of the Year-CBS SportsLine.com; National “Rookie” Coach of the Year-College Insider.com; 2002 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year; 2003 Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist; 2006, 2007 Big Ten Coach of the Year; 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 Ohio Coach of the Year-Columbus Dispatch

In the most recent years at Ohio State, some people have wondered about the coaching job Coach Matta has done. I for one in the belief that he did one of his best coaching jobs last season and has an opportunity to follow that up with an even better one. This team has the talent to reload and give teams fits. Coach Matta is going to be missing one of his floor generals this season but there isn’t a better coach on the floor than Aaron Craft.

Coach Matta will win the Buckeyes a championship, the recipe is there and continues to grow. It’ll be a lot of fun watching how he develops this team and the lessons he will teach him. I am sure that the youngsters recall him kicking the veterans out of a practice last year. They also recall that they didn’t answer the call and coach Matta stuck to his guns with his veterans. Time will tell if he did do the best job of his career this season. Read More