Thad Matta

Thad Matta

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Thad Matta (born July 11, 1967 in Hoopeston, Illinois) is an American college basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team. He was hired as the 13th head coach in Ohio State history on July 7, 2004 after the school had fired previous coach Jim O'Brien. He is one of just two coaches nationally to post 20 or more wins in each of his first ten seasons as a head coach. Matta has led the Buckeyes to four Big Ten Conference regular season championships, the 2007, 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, and 2011 titles, a runner up finish in the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and the 2008 NIT Championship. Matta also tied the record for most wins by a first-year coach at Ohio State (20).

Playing career

A basketball standout for the Cornjerkers at Hoopeston-East Lynn High School in Hoopeston, Matta was a two-year starter for the Butler University Bulldogs in three seasons after transferring from Southern Illinois University as a sophomore. He led Butler in assists (100) and three-point field goal percentage (.433) in 1987–88 and in free-throw percentage in 1988-89 (.872). He served as a team co-captain (one of three Butler tri-captains that year on Barry Collier's first team in 1989–90 and finished his career in sixth place on Butler's all-time list for free-throw percentage (.800). He earned a B.S. degree from Butler in 1990. Matta enjoyed his Butler career-high point total of 21 points against......
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