Associate Head Coach
Now in his seventh year with the Iowa State men's basketball program, Associate Head Coach T.J. Otzelberger has established himself as a rising star in the world of college basketball. His relentless work ethic in recruiting, scouting and player development has helped the Cyclones land a number of top-notch recruits and elevated the program back into the national spotlight. Otzelberger was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2010.
During the 2011-12 season, Otzelberger was in charge of all opponent scouting reports and implementation of game plans as the Cyclones recorded one of their greatest seasons in school history. Iowa State earned its first NCAA Tournament berth in seven years, won 23 games, tying for the fourth-best total in school history, and went 12-6 in Big 12 play, the third-most league wins in the history of Cyclone basketball.
Picked to finish eighth in the preseason Big 12 Coaches poll, Iowa State tied for third in the Big 12 Conference en route to the biggest turnaround in league history (+9 wins). Iowa State had four all-conference players, led by All-Big 12 First-Team and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Royce White, who also earned honorable mention All-America honors and was the 16th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The four all-conference players were the most by an ISU team since 2001.
ISU defeated national champion Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 1 seed and eventual national champion, Kentucky. The Cyclones also defeated two Top 10 opponents (Kansas and Baylor) at home for the first time since 1992 and appeared in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2005.
Among the outstanding recruits Otzelberger has helped bring to Ames: Craig Brackins, a two-time All-Big 12 performer; Diante Garrett, a Top 100 recruit nationally; Mike Taylor, an All-Big 12 performer and 2008 NBA Draft pick,; Melvin Ejim, an honorable mention All-Big 12pick in 2012; and Scott Christopherson, Iowa State's all-time leading three-point shooter and an All-Big 12 Third-Team pick in 2012.
Brackins, who is one of nine Cyclones in school history to be drafted in the first round, was selected at No. 21 in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Garrett finished off an outstanding Cyclone career in 2011, earning All-Big 12 Second-Team honors after averaging 17.3 points and leading the Big 12 in assists at 6.1 apg. In 2008, Taylor became the 17th Cyclone in school history to play in the NBA, earning a spot on the Los Angeles Clipper roster. White, who was a Naismith Award Watch List member, led the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, blocks and assists in 2011-12, the only player in the country to achieve the feat. Christopherson ended his career as the most efficient 3-point shooter in school history, making 44.3 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.
During Otzelberger's time in Ames, the Cyclones have had 10 All-Big 12 performers (Taylor, Wesley Johnson, Jiri Hubalek, Brackins, Marquis Gilstrap, Garrett, Christopherson, White, Ejim and Chris Allen) and produced the top-seven single-game three-point performances in school history.
The Cyclones have also excelled in the classroom during Otzelberger's tenure. Three of the best cumulative semester team GPAs in the program's history have been achieved since 2010. For the first time in school history, the Cyclones, as a team, achieved a cumulative 3.0 GPA in the spring semester of 2011 and had a league-best four players earn academic All-Big 12 honors in 2011-12, including three members on the First-Team.
In the community, Otzelberger is highly involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Ames. He assisted in bringing the NABC's "Stay in to Win" program to Central Iowa, a seminar focusing on developing student-athlete success and dropout prevention. He is also a member of the Villa 7 Consortium, which aims to develop the nation's top assistant coaches.
Otzelberger was an assistant at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Florida, for the 2004-05 season, a year in which the Indians finished 33-4, won the Panhandle Conference and placed fourth at the 2005 NJCAA national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Otzelberger spent three seasons at Catholic Central High School in Burlington, Wisconsin, serving as an assistant varsity and junior varsity coach his first two years before taking over as head coach and athletic director in his final year at the high school level (2003-04). He also served as a physical education instructor at the high school.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Otzelberger was born on September 17, 1977. He was a two-year team captain at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, while earning his degree in business administration in 2001. He earned his Masters of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Whitewater in 2004.
Cornell Mann enters his second season as a member of the Iowa State coaching staff after helping the Cyclones achieve unprecedented success in 2011-12.
Iowa State qualified for its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2005, recorded 23 wins and tied for the third in the Big 12 Conference with a 12-6 mark in Mann's inaugural season in Ames. Iowa State's 12 conference wins is the third-best total in school history. The Cyclones made the most of their NCAA Tournament appearance, defeating defending national champion Connecticut before losing to No. 1 seed and eventual national champion Kentucky.
With Mann on board, Iowa State appeared in the Associated Press' Top-25 poll for the first time since 2005 and defeated two top-10 teams (Kansas and Baylor) in 2012. The Cyclones also had four players earn all-conference recognition, including Royce White, who was All-Big 12 First-Team, honorable mention All-American and the Basketball Times' National Newcomer of the Year. White was the 16th pick overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Mann has 11 years of experience as an assistant coach at the Division I level and has qualified for NCAA Tournament play at all four of his assistant coaching stops.
Prior to his arrival at Iowa State, Mann spent three years at Dayton where he helped lead the Flyers to three-straight postseason berths.
In Mann's first season at Dayton (2008-09), the Flyers were ranked in the top-25, finished the season with the second-most victories in school history (27) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Dayton defeated West Virginia in the first round.
The Flyers were 25-12 and won the 2010 NIT Championship in Mann's second season and UD went 22-14 and advanced to the finals of the Atlantic-10 Tournament in 2010-11. UD made the 2011 NIT and had three players earn all-conference recognition.
Prior to his stint at UD, the Royal Oak Township, Mich., native coached at Western Michigan for five seasons, helping the Broncos win three Mid-American Conference West Division championships. The Broncos made the NCAA in 2004 and the NIT in 2005, and helped tutor five guards who earned All-Mac accolades.
Mann was an assistant at Central Michigan for two seasons before his tenure at WMU, as the Chippewas advanced to the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament with Mann on staff.
Prior to his arrival at CMU, Mann spent two seasons as the head coach at Oak Park High School in the Detroit area. He also was an assistant coach with the Michigan Mustangs, one of the top AAU programs in Michigan.
Mann's collegiate experience also includes assistant coaching stops at Colby Community College in Kansas (1998-99), and Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y. (1997-98).
Mann played one season at Colorado before transferring to Akron, where competed three seasons for the Zips, earning the program's top defensive player and ranking among the league leader in steals. He earned his degree from Akron in 1995.
Matt Abdelmassih, who for two seasons assisted Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg as a staffer for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA, is in his third year as a member of the Iowa State men's basketball program.
Abdelmassih (pronounced Abdel-Massey) was the assistant director of operations for Iowa State in 2010-11 and was promoted to an assistant coach in April of 2011.
Abdelmassih's first season as an assistant coach in 2011-12 was one of the best in school history. The Cyclones recorded 23 wins overall, tying for the fourth-most in school history, and tallied a 12-6 mark in Big 12 play, the third-best conference win total in the Iowa State record book.
Iowa State made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005 during Abdelmassih's second season in Ames, as the Cyclones appeared in the Associated Press' top-25 poll for the first time since 2005 and defeated two top-10 teams (Kansas and Baylor) in 2011-12.
Abdelmassih was instrumental in helping the Cyclones sign Royce White, who produced one of the best seasons in school history in 2011-12 when he led the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, blocks and steals. White was an unanimous First-Team All-Big 12 pick, the Basketball Times' National Newcomer of the Year and a honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.
White was the 16th pick overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, the fifth-highest selection in school history.
Iowa State has produced five All-Big 12 players (White, Diante Garrett, Scott Christopherson, Chris Allen and Melvin Ejim) and recorded the two-best 3-point season totals in school history in his two years with the Cyclones.
When Abdelmassih was first hired, he briefly served in a recruiting position for the Iowa State staff, helping the Cyclones land White. His strong ties to New York City and the east coast has helped the Cyclones sign a number of outstanding players from the area.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Abdelmassih forged a solid working relationship and friendship with Hoiberg when he joined the T-Wolves organization in 2008. He spent his first season as a basketball operations intern, working directly with the T-Wolves coaching staff.
He was promoted to basketball operations assistant in 2009-10, moving into front office duties. He assisted the T-Wolves brass in a variety of roles, including salary cap issues and free agent analysis.
Abdelmassih was a student manager for the St. John's men's basketball team on Norm Roberts' staff from 2004-07. He aided the director of operations with travel, video and camp responsibilities. At SJU, he spent most of his summers helping out at camps around the country, including camp work at Kansas, North Carolina and UCLA.
A 2007 graduate of St. John's, Abdelmassih was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 19, 1985 and graduated from Cocalico High School in Denver, Pa.
Director of Basketball Operations
Jeff Rutter begins his seventh season with the Cyclones, helping mentor 10 all-Big 12 performers (Mike Taylor, Wesley Johnson, Jiri Hubalek, Craig Brackins, Marquis Gilstrap, Diante Garrett, Scott Christopherson, Royce White, Melvin Ejim and Chris Allen) in his first six seasons in Ames.
Rutter spent his first four years as an assistant coach at ISU and assumed the role of director of operations in March of 2010.
In 2011-12, Iowa State recorded 23 victories and tied for third in the Big 12 Conference (12-6) en route to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2005.
The Cyclones defeated two top-10 opponents (Kansas & Baylor), appeared in the AP Top-25 for the first time since 2005 and had four players earn all-conference honors in 2012. Royce White was named Basketball Times' National Newcomer of the Year and was an AP honorable mention, joining Brackins as All-Americans Rutter has helped mentor.
Brackins was selected at No. 21 in the 2010 NBA Draft and White was the 16th pick overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.
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 NCAA 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 NCAA 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 Cedar Falls, including Ben Jacobson, who was a two-time first-team all-MVC pick and a preseason Wooden Award nominee. In 2006, Rutter was honored by his peers by winning the NABC Literacy Award, given annually to a coach who is committed to promoting education to children in local schools and communities. Past winners of the prestigious award include Mike Krzyzewski, Gene Keady, Tubby Smith and Fran Fraschilla.
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.
Rutter developed the Adopt-a-Ranger program and the Junior Rangers 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 35-year basketball 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.
Rutter has taught at various levels, including serving as a clinical associate professor from 1996-2003 at UW-P, a lecturer at North Dakota State from 1990-95 and teaching at the elementary, junior and senior high school levels.
He served one year as an assistant at Stetson University in 1995-96 under former Iowa State assistant Randy Brown and was an assistant at North Dakota State from 1990-95. NDSU posted a 43-17 mark and made two NCAA tournament appearances his final two seasons there. The Bison advanced to the "Sweet 16" with a 21-9 mark in 1993-94 before earning their first North Central Conference championship in 14 years with a 22-8 record in 1994-95.
Rutter lettered in basketball and football at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis, Wis. He played college basketball at both Wisconsin-Waukesha and Winona State, from where he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1988. He received his master's in physical education from North Dakota State in 1992.Rutter was born Jan. 28, 1965, in West Allis, Wis. He and his wife, Shari, have a son, A.J.
Director of Player Development
Micah Byars joined the Iowa State men's basketball staff in April of 2011 after serving as director of basketball operations at UCF since 2005.
Iowa State made its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2005 in Byars' first season in Ames in 2011-12, as the Cyclones won 23 games and finished tied for third in the Big 12 Conference at 12-6, tying for the third-best conference win total in school history.
The Cyclones appeared in the Associated Press' Top-25 for the first time since 2005 and defeated two top-10 teams (Kansas and Baylor) during ISU's outstanding 2011-12 season.
Byars is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of the Cyclone basketball team and his mentoring has been extremely valuable. Iowa State posted a pair of the best semester cumulative GPAs in school history and had a Big 12-best four members on the Academic All-Big 12 squad, including three first-teamers, in 2011-12.
In each of his five assistant coaching stops, Byars has been a part of staffs who have garnered either a conference player of the year or coach of the year award.
Byars was a valuable member of the UCF staff for seven seasons prior to his arrival at Iowa State, as several Knight players earned national recognition in his tenure. In 2009, Jermaine Taylor was the C-USA Player of the Year and was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America pick before getting selected No. 32 in the 2009 NBA Draft.
The Knights advanced to the CBI semifinals in 2011, as Marcus Jordan and Keith Clanton earned All-C-USA honors.
A native of Gainesville, Fla., Byars was an assistant coach at Chipola College from 2003-05. Several Chipola players moved onto the Division I ranks while Byars was at the junior college power, including Mario Boggan (Oklahoma State), Stefhon Hannah (Missouri) and former Iowa State star Mike Taylor, who was selected in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft.
The Indians won a school-record 33 games in 2005 while finishing fourth in the NJCAA national tournament.
Byars also worked at New Orleans (2001-03) and Santa Fe Community College (1999-2001) under Monte Towe prior to his time at Chipola. Sante Fe claimed back-to-back Mid-Florida Conference Championship titles and went 46-21 in his two years on staff.
Byars attended Florida and spent two years (1994-95) as a member of the Gators' football team at defensive back. He earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from West Florida in 2006.
Tyler Hansen is in his first season as a graduate assistant for the Iowa State men’s basketball program. The Ames, Iowa native will assist the men’s hoops staff in video editing and player development. He will also oversee the student managers.
A 2012 graduate of Iowa State, Hansen joined the men’s hoops program in 2007 as a student manager and is entering his sixth season working with the team. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in upper education and leadership studies.
Charlie Henry is in his first year at Iowa State as a graduate assistant for the men's basketball program. Henry will coordinate all video scouting and editing operations.
A native of Canton, Mich., Henry spent last season with the Indiana Pacers as a video intern. The Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
In 2010-11, Henry was a graduate manager at Utah, assisting the video coordinator for the Runnin' Utes.
Before his stint at Utah, Henry was the varsity assistant coach at Romulus High School in Detroit, Mich., during the 2009-10 season. Romulus finished the year at 21-2 and was ranked as high as No. 22 in the nation by USA Today.
Henry graduated from Madonna University in Livonia, Mich., where he was a four-year member of the basketball team. He earned a B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations in May of 2009.
Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps are coached by Iowa State Men's Basketball Head Coach Fred Hoiberg, the Cyclone Men's Basketball Coaching Staff, along with current and former Cyclones.