UW adds 4th assistant

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.comMay 8, 2013 

After several years of stability, Washington is again shifting its basketball coaching staff.

Tuesday the school announced the addition of T.J. Otzelberger. He replaces Lamont Smith, who was with Washington for one year before leaving to be associate head coach at New Mexico after the 2012-13 season.

Smith replaced Raphael Chillious, who left for Villanova after the 2011-12 season. The Huskies also added former Western Washington coach Brad Jackson to the staff at the start of the 2012-13 season.

With Otzelberger, who was associate head coach at Iowa State, the Huskies are back up to four assistants on staff: Jim Shaw, Paul Fortier, Jackson and Otzelberger. Last season, when Washington added Smith, it shifted Fortier into a new role as director of player personnel and development.

That took Fortier off the practice floor. By NCAA rule, a staff can have only three coaches work hands-on with players during practice.

Washington would not clarify what Fortier’s role would be this coming season.

Otzelberger spent eight years at Iowa State. The last two, he was responsible for game planning and scouting opponents. He also has a solid recruiting reputation, helping the Cyclones land the 16th overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft, Royce White.

Otzelberger was an assistant at Chipola College, a two-year school in Marianna, Fla., for the 2004-05 season. The Indians finished 33-4 that year, won the Panhandle Conference and placed fourth at the 2005 NJCAA national tournament.

A native of Milwaukee, Otzelberger, 36, was a two-year team captain at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.


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