T.J. Otzelberger retaining two Steve Prohm staff members

Dec 15, 2018; Reno, NV, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits head coach TJ Otzelberger shouts a play during the first half against Nevada Wolf Pack at Lawlor Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Andersen-USA TODAY Sports

Two of Steve Prohm’s key staffers will remain at Iowa State.

Assistant coach Daniyal Robinson and director of basketball operations Micah Byars will be retained by new Iowa State head coach T.J. Otzelberger, a source close to the situation confirmed to Cyclone Fanatic Friday night. The news was first reported by the Ames Tribune‘s Travis Hines.

Otzelberger will be the third head coach Robinson has worked under at Iowa State. He was first on staff with Otzelberger under Greg McDermott from 2008 to 2010 then returned to join Steve Prohm’s staff in 2015.

Robinson is credited with being the lead recruiter behind Iowa State’s highly-touted 2018 recruiting class, which featured NBA Draft picks Talen Horton-Tucker and Tyrese Haliburton. He was also the lead recruiter for current Cyclone big man Xavier Foster and Cyclone signee Tyrese Hunter.

Byars has been an integral piece of Iowa State’s basketball program since joining the staff under Fred Hoiberg in 2011 as the director of player development. He was retained by Prohm after Hoiberg left in 2015.

Otzelberger will have two other assistant coaching roles to fill in the coming days.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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