Butler hoops coach to take leave of absence

Brandon Miller, men's basketball head coach for Butler University, will be taking a leave of absence for medical reasons just as the team begins practice for the 2014-15 season, the university announced Thursday afternoon.

"We are not in a position to further elaborate and we ask that everyone respect Brandon's privacy," Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier said in a short, prepared release.

Assistant coach Chris Holtmann has been appointed interim head coach.

Miller, 35, took over head coaching duties last season after Brad Stevens left the program to coach the Boston Celtics. The Bulldogs went 14-17 under Miller in the team's first season in the Big East Conference (4-14).

Holtmann joined Miller’s staff as an assistant coach last year after serving three seasons as head coach at Gardner-Webb University. In his final season at the North Carolina school, he guided the basketball program to a Division I school-record 21 victories and a berth in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament.

Practice for this season is set to begin on Saturday. The Bulldogs will open the 2014-15 season at newly renovated Hinkle Fieldhouse on Nov. 1 with an exhibition game against the University of Chicago, the alma mater of legendary Butler coach Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle.

This story will be updated.


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