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Don Otness

Don Otness

SPORT(S) Basketball, Track and Field
PLAYED AT BSU 1953-1957
YEAR INDUCTED 2000
A 1957 Graduate of BSU, Don Otness was a member of the BSU Men's Basketball Team from 1953 to 1957. He served as team co-captain in the 1956-57 season, and was honorable mention all-conference that season, averaging 12 Points per game. Don was also a member of the BSU Track Team from 1955 to 1957. Now retired, Don taught high school for 35 years in Illinois, coaching basketball for 25 years <ETH> six of those at New Athens High School with a best record of 26-2. His tenure at Belleville East High School in Illinois included one trip to the state tournament, seven regional championships, six invitational tourney championships, and a best season record of 23-4. Two of his former players are now in the NBA, playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Seattle Super-Sonics.
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