Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann announced the hiring of assistant Tony Skinn on Thursday. Skinn comes to Ohio State from Seton Hall, where he had been an assistant for the previous three years.
“We are really excited about the addition of Tony Skinn as an assistant coach,” Holtmann said in OSU’s release. “Tony comes highly recommended from every level – NBA, college, AAU and high school. Tony was an outstanding player on a Final Four team, and as a professional. He has developed a reputation in his coaching career as being a tremendous worker, he’s detailed oriented, builds excellent relationships with players and is an outstanding recruiter. He has strong ties in the DC Metro area and has worked with some highly successful high school, AAU and college programs. We can’t wait for him to get started. A big welcome to Tony, Weyni, Isaiah, Liam and Noelle to our program and The Ohio State University.”
Skinn played college basketball at George Mason where he was a key part of their improbable run to the Final Four in 2006. His experience as both a player and a coach has made him a rising star in the industry.
“The opportunity to come to a program like Ohio State is very unique, and I’m grateful that Coach Holtmann has given me this opportunity,” said Skinn. “As a fan of basketball, the Ohio State brand is second to none and I’m excited to get to work. This is a very good team and program, and I hope with the experiences that I had as a player and now as a coach, that I can make a big impact. I’m not too far removed from the process of being a player. I know the culture and the mentality of the day-to-day grind, and I can put myself in their shoes and help them become a better basketball player.”
Skinn joined Seton Hall in April of 2018 where he was heavily involved in the Pirates’ recruiting efforts. He also worked mostly with the team’s guards. Before joining Seton Hall, Skinn spent three years as an assistant at Louisiana Tech where again he did solid work developing the backcourt.