Coach Otzelberger took his squad to the NCAA Tournament and claimed a Summit League Tournament title in his first season at the helm. SDSU entered the league tournament as the No. 4 seed and became the first team in the tournament’s history to win three games in three days while clinching the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Otzelberger served two separate stints as an assistant coach at Iowa State, covering eight seasons. He began his first tour in Ames in 2006 under head coach Greg McDermott and was later elevated to associate head coach in 2010 by then-head coach Fred Hoiberg. The 2011-12 Iowa State squad achieved a top-25 national ranking for the first time in seven years and defeated defending national champion Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament en route to 23 wins. Following the 2012-13 season, Otzelberger moved on to the University of Washington for two years, where he served as associate head coach on Lorenzo Romar’s coaching staff. The Huskies were ranked as high as No. 11 during the 2014-15 season and Otzelberger played a key role in putting together a top-10 nationally ranked recruiting class. Otzelberger returned to Iowa State in the spring of 2015 as an assistant coach. As a member of Steve Prohm’s coaching staff, he helped lead the Cyclones to a 23-12 overall record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The Cyclones were ranked in the top 25 throughout the 2015-16 season and knocked off both No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 4 Kansas during Big 12 Conference play. Iowa State reached the Sweet 16 by recording victories over Iona (N.Y.) and Arkansas-Little Rock before falling to top-seeded Virginia in the regional semifinals.
More than a dozen players Otzelberger recruited and coached at Iowa State earned all-Big 12 Conference recognition, including Georges Niang, who was a consensus All-America selection and recipient of the Karl Malone Award as the top collegiate power forward in 2015-16.
At the 2017 Final Four, Otzelberger received the prestigious Guardians of the Game award for education from the National Association of Basketball Coaches for his involvement in the NABC’s Stay In To Win program, which focuses on student success and dropout prevention. 2017-18 will mark his sixth year with Stay In To Win. In addition to working with the NABC, Otzelberger is active with the Boys and Girls Club of America and locally with the Rotary Club in Brookings, S.D.