However, teaching basketball skills is what has won him widespread acclaim. Otis' teams are known for defensive intensity and effort, characteristics that helped them earlier this season during victories over regionally ranked Long Beach Poly, Huntington Beach Ocean View and Concord De La Salle. Dominguez lost to Mater Dei by three points in December.
"All of our players are going to play defense, set picks and pass the ball," Otis said. "They want to learn. They want to get better. That's the biggest thing.
"But we've still got room to grow."
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The Don of Dominguez
Southern Section and state championships won by the Dominguez High boys' basketball team in Russell Otis' 15 seasons as coach:
* 1988-89, 4-A section champion
* 1994-95, Division II-A section champion
* 1995-96, Division II-A section champion, Division II state champion