Oties Epps is in his third season as an assistant at Wisconsin. Epps brings a tremendous basketball background and recruiting contacts to Wisconsin.
Epps serves as the Badgers' defensive coordinator, strength coach liaison and also works with guard position development. He assists with recruiting, scouting of opponents, practice and game preparation and summer camps.
As the top assistant for four years at Cleveland State, Epps aided the Vikings to their best season in 24 years. In 2008, the Vikings won their first Horizon League tournament title and received their first NCAA bid, losing to the eventual NCAA runner-up, Stanford.
Cleveland State's 19 wins were the second most in school history and the 19-14 record was the fifth-best turnaround in Division I in the nation last year. Epps helped coach first team all-conference performer Kailey Klein and the Horizon League defensive player of the year in Dominique Butler. Klein scored a school season record 654 points and was named the Horizon League Tournament MVP.
A native of Highland Park, Mich., Epps assisted in signing four McDonald's All-America nominees and two players who were members of the Canadian Junior National team.
Epps spent three years as an assistant men's coach at his alma mater, UW-Stout.
Epps began his playing career at Mount Senario College located in Ladysmith, Wis., where he was a small college first-team All-American, a first-team NAIA West region pick in 1996-97 and earned all-conference honors three times. He went on to earn his bachelor's degree in human development from UW-Stout in 2002.
While a graduate student at UW-Stout, Epps served as an assistant coach on the men's basketball staff. He earned his master's degree in education in 2006.
Epps and his wife Kelly have three daughters Makayla (13), Madison (6) and Aliah (4).
The Oties Epps File
Hometown: Highland Park, Mich.
Coaching Career: University of Wisconsin, Assistant Coach, 2008-present; Cleveland State University, Assistant Coach, 2004-08; UW-Stout, Assistant Coach, 2001-04
Education: Master's degree in education, UW-Stout, 2006; Bachelor's degree in human development, UW-Stout, 2002
Playing Career: Mount Senario College, 1996-2000, first-team All-American, first-team all-region and three-time all-conference; UW-Stout, 2000-01