Thad Matta making return to coaching

Thad Matta is returning to Butler, hired on Sunday to coach the Bulldogs almost five years after he cited his health while stepping down at Ohio State.

The Bulldogs announced Sunday they were hiring Matta as their next head coach.

The 54-year-old Matta led Butler to a 24-8 record and an appearance in the 2001 NCAA Tournament during his only season as the head coach at his alma mater. 

He then had successful runs at Xavier and Ohio State.

Matta, 54, hasn't coached in college since 2017, when he stepped down as Ohio State's head coach.

Matta spent the 2021-22 season as an associate athletic director for basketball administration at Indiana.

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