The college basketball world is still trying to make sense of the shocking firing of Ohio State head coach Thad Matta.
Despite five Big Ten regular season championships, four Big Ten Tournament crowns, and a pair of Final Four visits in 2007 and 2012, the coach with the incredible 439-154 career record is gone from Columbus.
While the news continues to sink in, let's take a look at five of the more astounding career accomplishments of coach Matta, including a former protégé that led his NBA squad to the best record in the Eastern Conference this season.
While Matta's list of accomplishments is impressive (as you're about to discover), perhaps nothing shows his dominance more than his .733 winning percentage — good for third best ever in a conference deep with coaching legends.
Only Bo Ryan and Bob Knight had better winning percentages among Big Ten coaches than former Ohio State coach Thad Matta (min. 10 seasons). pic.twitter.com/VMgEuZwMt5
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 5, 2017
Coach of the Year Much?
Matta was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2001, the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2002, and the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2010.
The Man Likes to Dance
Over the course of 16 years at Butler, Xavier, and Ohio State, Matta-coached teams danced during March Madness an incredible 13 times. One of the years in which his Buckeyes only qualified for the NIT (2007-2008) they won the whole thing.
Matta's coaching branches are spread far and wide across the basketball landscape and include just a few of the following.
Brad Stevens: A former graduate assistant under Matta, Stevens led Butler to a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances before reinvigorating a struggling Boston Celtics franchise that finished first in the Eastern Conference this year.
Sean Miller: Miller took over for Matta at Xavier and has been the top dog at Arizona since 2009.
Archie Miller: The brother of Sean, Archie worked under Matta from 2007 to 2009 before being named the head coach of Dayton. In March of 2017, he was named the 29th head coach in the history of Indiana basketball.
Alan Major: After working with Matta at both Xavier and Ohio State, Major was hired at Charlotte in 2010 where he coached before health issues forced him to walk away five years later.
Jeff Boals: After studying under Matta from 2009 to 2016, Boals took the head coaching job at Stony Brook.
Matta has accomplished all of this, and more, before hitting the age of 50.