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T.J. Otzelberger
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
High School: Saint Thomas More
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 616-8903
Email: coachtjo@uw.edu

Lorenzo Romar announced that T.J. Otzelberger has joined the Huskies' staff as an assistant coach on May 7, 2013.

Otzelberger (AHT-sole-berger) was an assistant at Iowa State for seven seasons and has been associate head coach for the Cyclones since 2010.

"T.J. has earned a reputation as a tenacious recruiter and his depth of experience will benefit our program immediately," Romar said. "We are excited to welcome him to the Husky family."

Otzelberger has established himself as a rising star in the world of college basketball since joining Head Coach Fred Hoiberg's staff in 2006. He is known for his relentless work ethic in recruiting, scouting and player development which helped elevate Iowa State to the top of the Big 12 standings.

During the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Otzelberger was in charge of all opponent scouting reports and implementation of game plans as the Cyclones recorded two of their greatest campaigns in school history.

The Cyclones made back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2012 and '13. They went 23-12 overall and 11-7 in league play in 2013, marking just the second time in school history they recorded 10-wins in Big 12 play in consecutive years. ISU also extended their home win streak to 22 games and defeated three ranked opponents during the year. They were a No. 10 seed in the NCAA tournament and beat Notre Dame in the second round before falling to Ohio State. ISU led all "power-six" conferences and ranked third nationally in scoring at 79.4 ppg and led the nation with 9.9 3-point makes per game.

Otzelberger helped Iowa State to its first NCAA tournament berth in seven years in 2012 when the Cyclones won 23 games and were 12-6 in Big 12 play. That year, the Cyclones beat defending national champion Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA tournament before losing to eventual national champion Kentucky.

Otzelberger was vital in the recruitment of several all-league players and eventual NBA talents to Ames during his time, including Royce White (2012 All-Big 12 First Team, Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, 16th pick of NBA Draft). Other talented players he helped guide to Iowa State are: Craig Brackins, a two-time All-Big 12 performer and 21st pick in NBA Draft; Diante Garrett, ISU's second-best career assist man and current NBA player; Mike Taylor, an All-Big 12 performer and 2008 NBA Draft pick; Melvin Ejim, an All-Big 12 Third-Team pick in 2013 who led the Big 12 in both rebounding (9.3) and double-doubles (15); Scott Christopherson, Iowa State's all-time leading three-point shooter and an All-Big 12 Third-Team pick in 2012; and Will Clyburn, the 2013 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. In all, 13 All-Big 12 performers have played at Iowa State during Otzelberger's time with ISU.

Additionally, ISU has thrived in the classroom during Otzelberger's tenure. Three of the best cumulative GPAs in the program's history have been achieved, highlighted by the 2012 year when four players earned academic All-Big 12 honors.

In the community, Otzelberger is highly involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Ames. He assisted in bringing the NABC's "Stay in to Win" program to Central Iowa, a seminar focusing on developing student-athlete success and dropout prevention.

Otzelberger was an assistant at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Florida, for the 2004-05 season, a year in which the Indians finished 33-4, won the Panhandle Conference and placed fourth at the 2005 NJCAA national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Otzelberger spent three seasons at Catholic Central High School in Burlington, Wisconsin, serving as an assistant varsity and junior varsity coach his first two years before taking over as head coach and athletic director in his final year at the high school level (2003-04). He also served as a physical education instructor at the high school.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Otzelberger was born on September 17, 1977. He went graduated high school from Saint Thomas More before going on to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he was a two-time captain. He earned his degree in business administration in 2001. He earned his Masters of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Whitewater in 2004.

Otzelberger is married to the former Alison Lacey, who played for the Seattle Storm and was a four-year starter at Iowa State (2006-10). The couple recently welcomed twins, Jayce and Olivia, on December 1, 2014.
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