Otzelberger becomes Prohm’s highest paid assistant coach


Fred Hoiberg and ISU assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger talk on the sideline during the second half of Iowa State’s 65-61 win against Kansas State on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Otzelberger will be the highest paid assistant coach on Steve Prohm’s staff for the 2015-16 season. 

Luke Manderfeld

Fred Hoiberg’s former assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger will be the highest paid assistant coach on new ISU head coach Steve Prohm’s staff, according to contracts released by Iowa State.

Otzelberger, who was instrumental in recruiting senior forward Georges Niang, former ISU forward Melvin Ejim and senior guard Naz Long, will earn a salary of $275,000 per year. The salary is an uptick of $45,000 from his contract signed in April following his return to Iowa State from a two-year stint at Washington. 

Otzelberger spent seven years at Iowa State as an assistant under former ISU coaches Greg McDermott and Hoiberg from 2006-13.

He was the only one of seven candidates for the head coaching position at Iowa State that wasn’t a head coach. The job eventually went to Prohm.

Assistants William Small, who was on Prohm’s staff at Murray State, and Daniyal Robinson, a former Loyola assistant, will make $235,000 per year.

All of the contracts are one-year deals and end June 30, 2016.

Each assistant will also gain cumulative incentives for accomplishments during the season.

For a Big 12 regular season championship or an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, each will gain a two week’s worth of pay — $10,576.21 for Otzelberger and $9,038.46 for Small and Robinson.

A win in the Big 12 Championship will give each assistant four week’s worth of pay — $21,153.85 for Otzelberger and $18,076.92 for Small and Robinson.

They will earn one week’s worth of pay for making each of the following: Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and winning the National Championship — $5,288.46 for Otzelberger and $4,519.23 for Small and Robinson.

Reports have Prohm’s five-year contract at $1.5 million for the first year.

Iowa State won the Big 12 Tournament for the second straight season in 2015 and continued on to the NCAA Tournament, where it was eliminated in the first round, courtesy of Alabama-Birmingham.

The Cyclones are tabbed as a top-10 team in the nation for the 2015-16 season, returning seniors Niang, Long and center Jameel McKay. They will defend that title starting Nov. 6 in an exhibition game against an undetermined opponent.