After three seasons at South Dakota State, T.J. Otzelberger is headed to Vegas to be the new head coach at UNLV. Otzelberger was 70-33 at SD State, winning back-to-back Summit League titles over the last two years.
“I have been fortunate to coach at some amazing universities and it was going to take a very special opportunity to leave Brookings,” Otzelberger said in a statement Wednesday. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to add to the Runnin’ Rebels’ rich history and my family and I could not be more proud to be the newest members of this world-class university and Las Vegas community.”
In the same statement, UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois praised Otzelberger: “[We] sought a hard-working, laser-focused head coach who personifies our core values; who knows what success looks like; who is passionately committed to winning; and who is at ease with being the face of our storied basketball program. T.J. exemplifies these attributes.”
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