Feb. 9, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - Oties Epps is in his second year as an assistant coach with the Badgers. A native of Highland Park, Mich., Epps played college basketball at UW-Stout and is glad to now being coaching at the UW. He also enjoys how his family has supported his career in basketball—as a player and as a coach.
My wife Kelly and I have three children—Makayla (13), Madison (5) and Aliah (3).
How would you describe your family?
Our family is loud, spontaneous and loving. We are also into sports. Kelly was a cheerleader at Eau Claire North High School and our girls are currently in gymnastics and Aliah has potential on the court!
What is your background in sports?
I started my college career at Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Wis., where I was a small college first-team All-American. I also played at UW-Stout where I earned by degree and served as a graduate assistant coach.
Did any other members of your family compete in athletics?
No, I was the only one in my family to play sports.
How often are you able to see or keep in touch with your parents and siblings?
I talk to my siblings every couple of weeks and my mom every week. Unfortunately, I don’t get to see them as often as I would like but that’s the nature of what we do.
When did you first decide that you wanted to become a coach?
After I finished my playing career, I was looking for an opportunity to give back to the game because it had given me so much.
What drew you to Wisconsin?
My familiarity with the university from my college years, my relationship with Coach Stone and my desire to coach at the highest level.
How has your family been involved with your basketball career?
My family has pushed me to pursue my basketball dreams from the time I was a young man. All of my successes are their successes.
What has been your favorite thing about the Badger basketball family?
The passion and commitment we share for each other and the game of basketball.
How does your family support your career as a coach with the Badgers?
They are committed to me and they have made sacrifices for me to be here.
What is your favorite family meal?
My wife makes the world’s best tater tot hot dish. I could eat it every day.
Where is your favorite family vacation?
Our family enjoys going to the Wisconsin Dells. Which ever water park we stay at becomes the kids’ favorite.
Do you have any favorite family traditions?
On weekends, we camp out in the living room, watch movies and eat lots of healthy sweets. Our girls love it!
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