In his 12th year as part of the Tiger coaching staff – and eighth in his title of director of football recruiting – is Nick Otterbacher. He assumed those duties after serving as an offensive graduate assistant coach for the 2006 season, when he helped coach a Tiger offense that broke numerous school records and ranked eighth in the nation in total offense (425.62 yards per game).
In his current role, Otterbacher oversees organizational efforts of virtually all aspects of MU’s extensive recruiting program operations, such as coordinating on-and-off campus visits, mailings and other logistical arrangements. Mizzou’s 2010 recruiting class was ranked 21st-best in the nation according to Rivals.com, which marked the highest-ever ranking for a Tiger class of recruits. The 2012 class was ranked as high as No. 20 by ESPN.com, and featured the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in Dorial Green-Beckham from Springfield, Mo.
Otterbacher served as an offensive graduate assistant coach for the 2005 and 2006 seasons, after serving on staff as an administrative graduate assistant in 2004.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Otterbacher was a four-year starter at center for the University of Toledo, where he played under Tiger Head Coach Gary Pinkel through the 2000 season. In his four-year playing career, Otterbacher was part of Toledo teams that went a combined 34-13 from 1998-2001, and won or shared three Mid-American Athletic Conference championships, while playing in the Motor City Bowl in 2001.
After graduating from Toledo with a degree in business management in May of 2002, Otterbacher got his start in coaching at Duquesne University, where he served as the tight ends and assistant offensive line coach for the 2002 season which saw Duquesne post an 11-1 record and claim the Metro Atlantic Conference championship.
He then went to West Virginia Tech as an assistant coach, and was the offensive line coach and run game coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the 2003 season, prior to joining the Mizzou staff in July of 2004.
He and his wife, Jessica, have a daughter, Reagan, and a son, Kaine Charles Cotton Otterbacher, who was born in Dallas, Texas, the week of MU’s 2008 Cotton Bowl victory over Arkansas.