BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- The mens basketball coach at Garner-Webb University stepped down on Monday.
School officials say Chris Holtmann has accepted an assistant coaching position at Butler University.
Forty-one-year-old Holtmann has been the head coach for three years, and was large part of the team's rebuilding effort, leading the Runnin' Bulldogs to a Division 1 era-record 21 wins and a berth in CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament.
Under Holtmann's direction, the team finished out the season by winning 10 of its 11 final games, closing the season just a game shy of first place in the Big South Conference standings.
The school says the search for Holtmann's replacement will begin immediately.
"We are grateful for the resurgence Chris created here at Gardner-Webb. He will be sorely missed, both on and off the court," said Vice President for Athletics Chuck Burch. "Although we are disappointed not to have him on the sidelines here in Boiling Springs, we will always be supportive of successful coaches' pursuit of opportunities to advance their career."
Holtmann was named 2013 Big South Conference Coach of the Year, as well as NABC District 3 Coach of the Year.