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Ohio State’s Ryan Pedon named Illinois State head coach


Ohio State Buckeyes assistant coach Ryan Pedon watches from the bench during the second half of the NCAA men's basketball game against the Michigan State Spartans at Value City Arena in Columbus on March 3, 2022. Ohio State won 80-69.

Sunday’s regular-season finale won’t just be the final home game for Ohio State’s senior class.

Ryan Pedon, coach Chris Holtmann’s longest-tenured assistant, will also be on the bench at Value City Arena for the final time. The Bexley graduate whose family had season tickets at St. John Arena during his childhood has been named the new head coach at Illinois State.

An official announcement is forthcoming. Illinois State lost in its conference tournament today to close its season.

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Pedon will finish his fifth season with the Buckeyes before fully taking the reins for the Redbirds.

“It’s a great feeling,” Pedon said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to be a head coach. It’s sort of the final piece to the puzzle that I haven’t experienced. I feel like I’ve stepped on every rung of the ladder in this profession, and that’s the final one I hadn’t stepped to.

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