AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg announced on Wednesday that former Iowa State assistant basketball coach T.J. Otzelberger will return to the Cyclones program.
After spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Washington, Otzelberger is rejoining Hoiberg’s staff as an assistant coach once again. He held the position at Iowa State from 2006-2013, working under Greg McDermott for his first four seasons before spending his last three seasons on Hoiberg’s staff.
“I’m excited to have T.J. rejoin our staff,” Hoiberg said. “His familiarity with our program and Iowa State University will help us to have a seamless transition. T.J. is a proven coach and recruiter and he will be very valuable to our coaching staff.”
Oltzelberger was a major factor in the team’s recruiting process during his previous stint with the Cyclones, helping bring several quality players to Ames, such as 2014 Big 12 Player of the Year Melvin Ejim, Craig Brackins, Diante Garrett, Mike Taylor, and others.
The Milwaukee, Wis. native is expected to fill the shoes of now former Iowa State assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih, who announced on Tuesday morning he would be accepting a job for his alma mater, St. John’s.