Just one day following the departure of assistant coach, Matt Abdelmassih, Fred Hoiberg reached out to a familiar face to fill the void on his coaching staff. T.J. Otzelberger will return to Iowa State after leaving to be a part of the staff at Washington two years ago.
Per the release from Cyclones.com, Otzelberger is ecstatic to be returning home and The Mayor couldn't be more thrilled to have him back.
"I’m excited to have T.J. rejoin our staff," Hoiberg said. "His familiarity with our program and Iowa State University will help us to have a seamless transition. T.J. is a proven coach and recruiter and he will be very valuable to our coaching staff."
Otzelberger was an assistant coach at Iowa State from 2006-2013, working under Greg McDermott before spending three seasons on Hoiberg’s staff.
"Returning to Iowa State is a dream come true for my family and I," Otzelberger said. "We are truly passionate about this university and the Ames community. I couldn’t be more enthusiastic to get back to work with Coach Hoiberg and the excellent staff he has assembled. It feels great to be coming home."
According to Rob Gray at Cyclone Fanatic, Hoiberg spent most of Tuesday in conversations with Otz, attempting to lure him back to Ames and the flattery was a resounding success as Otz simply couldn't say "no" to the offer.
We'll have more on what this means for the program in the next few days, but for the time being, welcome back Otz.