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Otzelberger Returns To Iowa State As Head Coach

March 18, 2021 11:24am

T.J. Otzelberger (OTTS-ull-burger), who has crisscrossed the nation recruiting all-star talent and building championship-level programs, is returning "home" as the 21st head men's basketball coach in Iowa State history.

Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard made the announcement Thursday. Otzelberger will be introduced virtually Friday at 10:30 a.m. CT and that news conference feed will be available on cyclones.com and on Iowa State Athletics social media channels. The hiring is pending a background check by the University.

This will be Otzelberger's third stint in Ames, but his first as head coach. Previously, he was lead recruiter and bench coach for Greg McDermott, Fred Hoiberg and Steve Prohm. The last three Cyclone teams Otzelberger worked with registered a 69-35 (.663) overall record with NCAA Tournament appearances every season.