Ohio State Hires Former Penn State Standout Talor Battle to Complete 2024-25 Coaching Staff

Ohio State has completed their coaching staff, announcing yesterday that Jake Diebler has hired former Penn State standout player and assistant Talor Battle.

On Monday morning, it was announced that Jake Diebler has made his final assistant coach hire for the 2024-25 season. Talor Battle is very familiar with the Big Ten as he has spent his whole playing and coaching career in the conference. Battle played at Penn State and is currently the All-Time Scoring Leader in Nittany Lion history.

After his college career, Battle went on to play seven seasons overseas in countries such as France, Italy, Hungary, Israel, and Germany. When his playing days were over, he shifted to coaching where he was hired by former Penn State, and now Florida Gulf Coast head coach Pat Chambers. After Chambers was relieved of his duties in 2021, Battle was hired by Chris Collins of Northwestern where he has coached for the last three seasons.

In his time with the Wildcats, he has been a part of some of the best seasons in program history, where the Wildcats have been to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. Battle has been a big part of the development of guards Chase Audige and Boo Buie who both went on to be some of the best players to ever put on a Northwestern jersey. Audige is currently on the Chicago Bulls and plays for their G League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls. Buie, who is the brother of Battle, has declared for the NBA Draft and will be waiting to hear his name called during this month’s draft.

Fun fact is that Battle has experience playing for the Buckeyes (Kind of), as he was part of the 2018 Carmen’s Crew team who played in a $1 million dollar prize pool tournament called The Basketball Tournament (TBT).

Battle will help when it comes to the Buckeye’s backcourt development as both Bruce Thornton and Meechie Johnson have NBA aspirations. Battle is known to have great relationships with his players which fits perfectly with the culture Jake Diebler is building this offseason.