South Dakota State to Introduce New Men’s Basketball Coach, Expected to Be Iowa State Assistant T.J. Otzelberger
For the first time in a long time South Dakota State is getting ready to introduce a new men's basketball coach.
The school will introduce its 21st coach - SDSU's first new men's basketball coach since 1995 - at a 3:00 PM press conference, Thursday afternoon in Frost Arena.
All indications point to Iowa State's top assistant T.J. Otzelberger taking over in Brookings. The 38 year-old has been on the Cyclones' staff for eight years overall. The first seven of those years came from 2006 to 2013, before leaving to become associate head coach at Washington for two seasons.
Otzelberger returned to Ames after last season to join the staff of Fred Hoiberg, but shortly after that Hoiberg left for the NBA. Otzelberger applied for the Cyclones head coaching job, but lost out to Murray State's Steve Prohm. Otzelberger decided to stay and become Phrom's top assistant.
Last week, he was a finalist for the Wisconsin - Milwaukee job, but that job went to Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan.
The Milwaukee native is also considered an excellent recruiter. He has no college head coaching experience, but was the head coach at Central Catholic High School in Burlington, Wisconsin for the 2003-04 season. He played college basketball at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
The SDSU position became available following Scott Nagy's departure for Wright State last week. Nagy took over the Jackrabbit program in 1995.