May 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM
UW adds T.J. Otzelberger to coaching staff
Washington hired assistant T.J. Otzelberger, who has spent the past eight years at Iowa State.
The 35-year-old Otzelberger has been an associate head coach for the Cyclones since 2010.
“T.J. has earned a reputation as a tenacious recruiter and his depth of experience will benefit our program immediately,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a release from Washington. “We are excited to welcome him to the Husky family.”
Otzelberger wants to someday become a head coach and told the Associated Press he took the UW job because Romar has a track record helping assistants become head coaches, including Randy Bennett (Saint Mary’s) and Cameron Dollar (Seattle University).
“I just felt like this was the next step in my progression,” Otzelberger said told the AP.
“As a coach, there are few chances you get to have the opportunity to work for someone whom you look up to as a coach, a mentor, and a man of great character,” Otzelberger said in a statement from UW. “I feel like coach Romar embodies all of those qualities, and I’m excited to be a part of the Husky program and compete on the national level each year.”
It appears as if Otzelberger will replace Lamont Smith, who spent one year at Washington before leaving for New Mexico. The rest of the Husky staff includes assistants Jim Shaw and Brad Jackson and Paul Fortier, who is the director of player of personnel.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— In other coaching news, Arizona hired former Wildcats star Damon Stoudamire as an assistant. The Portland native was an All-American and co-Pac-10 Player of the Year pick in 1995. He played 13 years in the NBA and was an assistant for the Memphis Tigers the past two seasons.