AMES, Iowa – New Iowa State men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm has announced his initial basketball staff.
T.J. Otzelberger, William Small from Murray State, and Daniyal Robinson from Loyola (Chicago) have been named as Prohm’s assistant coaches. Micah Byars will stay in his role as Director of Basketball Operations, and High Point assistant coach Neill Berry is set to join the staff as a Special Assistant to the Head Coach, according to an ISU press release.
Otzelberger has officially been retained as an assistant coach from Fred Hoiberg’s staff. Hoiberg’s former pupil was an assistant at ISU from 2006-10 and the associate head coach from 2010-13, before leaving for Washington following the 2013 season. Otzelberger recently returned to the Cyclone program on April 1.
“T.J. has been terrific throughout the process,” Prohm said, according to the press release. “I have talked to every one of his former bosses and everyone gave him glowing reports about the type of assistant that he was. He has a great passion for Iowa State and he understands the kind of player you have to have here to win.”
The Cyclones’ head coach will also bring over William Small from his former staff at Murray State. Small boasts a total of 20 years of coaching experience, including the past four seasons under Prohm. Before joining the Racers staff, Small was an assistant coach under former Iowa State head coach Tim Floyd at UTEP.
“I’m glad that William will be joining me here in Ames. We’ve got a relationship that goes back about 15 years to when we were at Southeastern Louisiana,” Prohm said. “He helped me along the path when I was a young coach and we were able to rejoin forces at Murray State.”
Daniyal Robinson from Loyola (Chicago) is the third coach that is set to fill out the staff. Before spending the last two seasons at Loyola after a stint with Houston from 2010-13, Robinson spent two seasons in Ames as an assistant to Greg McDermott from 2008-10.
I felt like I needed to bring in someone that had really good Midwest ties and junior college ties, and someone that could really relate to the guys that we are going to coach here at Iowa State every day,” Prohm said. “Daniyal’s name kept coming up from the people that are really close to me.”
Prohm said he is looking forward to leading this new Cyclones team with the rest of his new staff. He added that it was critical for him to bring in people he was familiar with from across the nation.
“I am excited about the staff that I’ve been able to assemble,” Prohm said. “This was a unique situation because Fred (Hoiberg) went to the NBA and I wanted to be very respectful to everybody involved in the process. “I thought that because of the success of the program it would be important to have some continuity.
“I also wanted some people around me that I’ve known for a while, to recruit the South, which is an area that has been very good to us,” Prohm continued. “I also wanted to add some people with strong junior college and Midwest ties. It was important to me to have coaches with good character that are going to do things the right way on and off the court.”