Jeff Otteson "OTTO"
COACH OTTO OTTESON ...Teacher, mentor, friend . . . these are some of the roles of a great football coach. Otto has been an outstanding influence to thousands of Waterloo High School students of football, wrestling, track and math. The son of Jean and Otto C. Otteson, Otto was born on May 18,1952, and raised on a dairy and tobacco farm in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin with 6 brothers and sisters.
He graduated from Deerfield (WI) High School in 1970, where he lettered in football, wrestling, and baseball. He earned numerous All-Conference & All-State awards, and was elected captain in all three sports his Junior and Senior years. After high school, Otto received his BS in Mathematics/Secondary Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1974, and earned his MA in Curriculum Development from Olivet University in 2002.
Coach Otteson's coaching career began at Waterloo High School in 1975. Otto started as a middle school football coach, advanced to Freshman football coach, then to varsity assistant football coach as the defensive coordinator (from 1982-2010). He helped coach the Waterloo Pirate Football teams to a record of 219-90.
The Pirates achieved 12 Conference Titles, made it into the playoff s 14 times, and advanced to 2 State Football Championship Games in 1987 and 1997. Otto was awarded WFCA District 18 - Assistant Coach of the Year in both 1997 and 2009; WFCA State Assistant Coach of the Year in 1997, and received a WFCA 35-Year Service Award in 2009.
While at Waterloo, Otto also served as head varsity wrestling coach for 10 years, assistant varsity wrestling coach for 22 years, head middle school wrestling coach for 23 years, and assistant varsity track coach for 13 years.
Otto would like to thank the WFCA, his fellow football coaches, his football players, and the great fans in Waterloo over the years, for making football coaching so rewarding.
Tag(s): Hall of Fame