AMES, Iowa--Iowa State head men's
basketball coach Greg McDermott announced today the hiring of three assistants
for the 2006-07 men's basketball season. Jeff Rutter and Ron Smith, who both
coached with McDermott the last three seasons at
Rutter, who was a part of the most
prosperous period in Northern Iowa history in his three seasons with the
Panthers (2003-06), will follow
"My relationship with Jeff goes
back to when I was an assistant at
Rutter was an assistant at UNI from 2003-06, where the Panthers compiled a 65-31 mark and made three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. In his first season in 2003-04, UNI won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and qualified for its first NCAA appearance since 1990. The following year (2004-05), UNI made its first ever at-large berth with a No. 11 seed while posting a 21-11 record. The Panthers tied a school record in wins in Rutter's final year at UNI with a 23-10 record. UNI recorded its highest at-large seed (No. 10) and appeared in the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in school history in 2006.
Three Panthers earned first-team
all-Missouri Valley Conference honors four times in his three seasons in
Rutter was the head coach at Wisconsin-Parkside from 1996-2003 before joining McDermott's staff. UW-P finished 15-13 overall his final season, its first winning record since 1988 when it recorded an 18-12 mark. In his rookie year as head coach in 1996-97, Rutter's team stunned the No. 1 team in the nation, the University of Indianapolis, 63-45. In his second season, the team posted its first back-to-back double-digit win seasons in 10 years.
In 2001-02, UW-P was nationally ranked (No. 16) for the first time since the school joined the Division II ranks. He completed his career with a 73-114 mark.
Rutter developed the Adopt-a-Ranger program and the Junior Rangers and built a strong connection with schools in the Racine-Kenosha area. His teams posted some of the highest grade point averages in the school's basketball 35-year history. He assisted in developing corporate sponsorship programs and was instrumental in the development of the Ranger Athletic Club and the men's basketball Dunk Club.
He also has taught at various
levels, including serving as a clinical associate professor from 1996-2003 at
UW-P, a lecturer at
He served one year as an assistant
Rutter lettered in basketball and
Rutter was born Jan. 28, 1965, in
Ron Smith, who spent the last
eight seasons at
"Ron has been in the basketball
business for over 30 years," McDermott said. "He is one of the most organized
people I have ever been associated with. His knowledge was a great asset to me
at UNI and he will continue to impact our program at
Smith began his tenure at UNI as an assistant on former head coach Sam Weaver's staff from 1998-2001. He stayed on at UNI when Greg McDermott was named head coach in 2001. He was an assistant coach in McDermott's first four seasons and took over director of basketball operations in McDermott's final season in 2005-06. Smith enjoyed unprecedented success while at UNI, helping the Panthers earn three consecutive NCAA Tournament bids while compiling a 65-31 record from 2004-06.
In 2003-04, UNI earned its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1990 after capturing the 2004 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title. David Gruber earned first-team all-MVC honors that season, as UNI took eventual Final Four participant Georgia Tech down to the wire in the first round NCAA Tournament game. The Panthers followed that season with a 21-11 record en route to their first ever at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. In Smith's final season at UNI, the Panthers cracked the Associated Press Top 25 rankings for the first time in school history while tying a school record with 23 wins. The Panthers, who earned their third-straight NCAA bid, had two players earn first-team all-MVC honors.
Prior to his tenure at UNI, Smith
spent four years as Athletic Director and head basketball coach for
Before taking the
After graduating from
Smith has served as a sponsor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapters at SIU and UNI. He was selected as an assistant coach for the 1998 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Class AA South All-Star Game, and received several other honors in 1997, including IBCA District 19 Coach of the Year, Telegraph Newspaper Coach of the Year, Belleville News Democrat Coach of the Year and in 1996, received his first Telegraph Newspaper Coach of the Year honor.
He and his wife,
T.J. Otzelberger, a former AAU
coach and assistant at Chipola JC, has been named an assistant coach at
"What T.J. lacks in experience he makes up for in character and work ethic," McDermott said. "I believe he has a chance to be a superstar in this profession."
Otzelberger spent the last season with the Los Angeles-based AAU club Double Pump Elite, a prominent organization which operates basketball events that attract the nation's best players to help them gain exposure. In his only season with the club, Otzelberger coached Alex Stepheson, who signed with North Carolina, Alex Jacobson, an Arizona signee, and Oregon State's Calvin Haynes.
A native of
Prior to his stint at CJC,
Otzelberger spent three seasons at
Otzelberger, who was born Sept. 17, 1977, was a two-year team captain at Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he earned his degree in business administration in 2001. He was named the team's defensive player of the year as a senior in 2000. He earned his master of science in curriculum and instruction from UW-Whitewater in 2004.