T.J. Otzelberger recieves contract extension


Jacob Rice

T.J. Otzelberger watches the Cyclone offense during the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals, 78-72, Mar. 9, 2023.

AMES — Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard announced Monday that the Iowa State men’s basketball head coach, T.J. Otzelberger, has been offered a two-year contract extension.

Otzelberger brought the Cyclones to back-to-back NCAA tournaments, along with signing the highest-rated recruiting class in program history. Otzelberger is just the third coach in program history to take Iowa State to the NCAA tournament in their first two seasons.

“In just two years, Coach Otzelberger and his staff have reimagined the Cyclone program while instilling a culture which has led to great success in the classroom, on the court and in recruiting,” Pollard said in a statement released Monday. “The complete transformation of our program in such a short time is a testament to Coach Otzelberger’s leadership and vision for Cyclone Basketball, and he is most deserving of this extension and a compensation increase.”

The Cyclones finished out the 2022-23 season with a 19-14 overall record and went 9-9 in the Big 12 conference. Additionally, the team led the nation with six wins over AP top-10 teams along with being just one of two teams, the other team being Texas, to boast eight or more wins over AP top-25 teams.

Otzelberger was a 2023 Werner Ladder Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year Late Season Watch List member along with having a 41-27 (.603) record in his first two years at Iowa State. Furthermore, there were four Cyclones that earned 2022-23 Big 12 honors.

“When we hired T.J., he agreed to take a lower salary on the front end to help us manage the buyout costs associated with the transition with the understanding that we would increase his salary over the first few years of his contract to be more in line with his Big 12 peers,” Pollard said in a statement. “This extension allows Iowa State to reward T.J. for the outstanding job he has done first and foremost while also keeping our promises to him when he was hired.”

Otzelberger’s contract will extend through June 30, 2029, with a $100,000 increase for each contract year. According to the statement, all other terms of the original contract will remain the same.

“The future of Cyclone basketball is bright, and I believe even great success is on the horizon for our program under Coach Otzelberger’s direction,” Pollard said.