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Coach TJ Otzelberger – Runnin’ Rebels Basketball
May 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
T.J. Otzelberger became the 14th full-time head coach in UNLV men’s basketball history on March 27, 2019.
Otzelberger came to UNLV after serving as head coach at South Dakota State University for three seasons (2016-19), leading the Jackrabbits to two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance.
Otzelberger (“OTTS-ell-BURGER”) lifted the program at South Dakota State to new heights, where he compiled an overall record of 70-33, led the Jackrabbits to three straight postseason appearances, clinched the outright regular-season Summit League title the past two seasons, and earned the conference’s Coach of the Year honors.
Under Otzelberger, the Jackrabbits were one of the top offensive teams in the nation, ranking in the top 10 among all NCAA teams in scoring during the last two seasons: 2017-18 (7th), 2018-19 (5th).
Prior to SDSU, 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 then-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 then-head coach Lorenzo Romar’s 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 staff, he helped lead the Cyclones to a 23-12 overall record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. The Cyclones were ranked in the top 25 throughout the 2015-16 season and reached the Sweet 16 before falling to top-seeded Virginia in the regional semifinals.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Otzelberger, 41, earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he played collegiately and was a two-year team captain. His coaching career started at Burlington Catholic Central High School in Wisconsin before spending one season at Chipola JC in Florida.
Otzelberger is married to Alison Lacey, a former Iowa State standout who also played for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. The couple has three children, Jayce, Olivia and Stella.
OTZELBERGER’S COACHING FILE
2019- UNLV Head Coach
2016-19 South Dakota State Head Coach
2015-16 Iowa State Assistant Coach
2013-15 Washington Associate Head Coach
2010-12 Iowa State Associate Head Coach
2006-10 Iowa State Assistant Coach
2004-05 Chipola College (Marianna, FL) Assistant Coach
2001-04 Burlington (WI) Catholic Central HS Head Coach