Sam Hotopp joined the staff of head coach Justin Ray as an assistant coach in June. Hotopp spent the past two season, 2016-18, as an assistant at the University of Findlay, a Division II power-house .
In his two years at Findlay, Hotopp played an intregral part of the Oilers' success. He helped coach the team to a 53-12 record and was a part of two regular season conference championships, two ncaa tournament appearances, and two trips to the Sweet 16. In those same two years, Findlay was consistently ranked nationally in the top-25 with its highest ranking of ninth in 2018. Hotopp helped develop five all-conference players, a conference player of the year, and two Division II All-Americans.
During his tenure at Findlay, the Oilers led the conference in points per game, field goal percentage (top-25 in country), 3-point field goals made, assists per game, fewest turnovers per game (seventh in country), turnover margin (fourth in country), and assist to turnover ratio (third in country).
Prior to his time at Findlay, Hotopp served a number of different postitions on the basketball staff at his alma mater, Harrison High School, from eighth grade head coach to varsity assist coach.
Hoptopp received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Northern Kentucky University in 2013 prior to receiving his Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Findlay in 2018.