Tradition • Character • Service

Tradition • Character • Service

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Observer and Eccentric: Lathrup grad Otterbein remains a Charger at heart

Keith Otterbein has been a Charger for most of his football life. He played at Southfield-Lathrup in the ‘70s under coach Darrell Harper, then played college football at Hillsdale — also nicknamed the Chargers — and coached at Hillsdale after his graduation. Otterbein moved on to other jobs, then returned to Hillsdale 10 years ago as the head coach.

After steadily building up the Hillsdale program for five years, Otterbein's current Chargers have posted a 42-16 record in the past five seasons while reaching the NCAA Division II playoffs twice, the first D-II playoff appearances in Hillsdale's history. For his efforts, Otterbein was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) coach of the year this season, for the second time in three years.

Otterbein traces his success back to lessons learned as an assistant at Hillsdale under head coach Dick Lowery, under coach Herb Deromedi at Central Michigan, and “all the way back to the way we did things and the detail coach Harper showed us as high school players. All those things are part of what has evolved into my philosophy as a head coach.”

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