COLUMBUS - Ohio State men's basketball coach Thad Matta named Upper Sandusky High graduate Jake Diebler the Buckeyes' video coordinator Monday.
Diebler, older brother of former OSU standout Jon Diebler, served the past two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater of Valparaiso.
Ohio State's newest video coordinator completed his fourth year overall as a member of the Valparaiso men's basketball coaching staff in 2013 after helping guide Valpo to the Horizon League regular season title in 2011-12. He spent one season as director of basketball operations and one as a student assistant following his playing career with the Crusaders.
In a press release from OSU's athletic website, Matta said Diebler's basketball history made his hire an easy decision.
"Jake comes from an accomplished basketball family," Matta said. "He has been a winner as a player at the high school and collegiate levels and has continued that success into the coaching ranks. His work ethic is second to none and I know he will be a fantastic addition to our basketball family."
After watching his brother Jon during his career at Ohio State, Jake said becoming a Buckeye was an easy decision.
"To be part of the best program in the country was an opportunity I could not pass up," Diebler said in the same press release. "Because my brother Jon played here, I have a great appreciation for Ohio State basketball. The chance to work with coach Matta and the coaching staff will help me and my professional career."
The Diebler brothers helped guide Upper Sandusky, coached by their father, Keith, to an unbeaten state title in 2005.
Jake Diebler also had success in the college ranks.
In his first season as a full-time assistant coach, he was part of a staff which helped lead Valparaiso to 22 wins and the regular-season championship, the first by Valpo since joining the Horizon League. Diebler also helped the Crusaders to a berth in the 2012 National Invitational Tournament.
He served as director of basketball operations during the 2010-11 season, helping the Crusaders to a 23-win season, finishing just one game out of the regular-season title, and a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
As a student assistant in 2009-10, Diebler helped guide the Crusaders to 15 wins and a fourth-place finish in the Horizon League standings.
Known as one of the Crusaders' hardest-working players on both ends of the court during his time as a player, Diebler set a Valpo Division I record by starting each and every one of the Crusaders' 98 games over the final three seasons of his career. He also had a string of 278 consecutive minutes played over seven games in the final half of his senior season, believed to be a Valpo record as well.
Diebler ranked among the Horizon League Top 10 in a trio of single-game categories as a senior, finishing fourth in minutes played (33.8), sixth in 3-pointers made (1.8) and eighth in steals (1.3). He finished his Crusader career 10th in Valpo history with 130 career steals and 16th all-time at Valpo with 229 career assists.