Otero returns to Southern Vermont for his fourth season as the women’s lacrosse head coach for the 2018 campaign. He came to SVC in the summer of 2014 from nearby Mount Anthony Union High School where was the varsity girls’ lacrosse coach since 2001.
Otero led SVC to its second NECC tournament appearance in as many years of the team's existence in 2016, helping the Mountaineers win their first two playoff games in program history and making it all the way to the league championship. Southern Vermont went a stellar 5-2 in Conference play, making way for Otero to be selected by his peers as the 2016 NECC Coach of the Year. He also coached the league's Player of the Year (Mel Orrell) in addition to two other All-NECC selections.
In the team’s 2015 inaugural season, Otero and the Mountaineers went 4-10, however fought to make their way into the New England Collegiate Conference playoffs. SVC was voted to receive the NECC Team Sportsmanship Award, and he saw one player collect All-NECC honors. Additionally, one of Otero’s Mountaineers was named the NECC Player of the Week while another picked up NECC Rookie of the Week laurels in 2015.
In March of 2017, Otero received his US Lacrosse Level 3 Women's Game Certification from the organization's Coaching Education Program.
During his tenure at MAU, Otero led the Patriots to the 2009 and 2010 Division I Vermont State Championships, winning the title in their second trip. Otero has also spent time coaching varsity football and baseball at Mount Anthony while teaching physical education and health at the High School for the past 28 years.
A 1976 graduate from Norwich University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education and a minor in Health, Otero spent time working in law enforcement after graduating from the Vermont State Police Academy in 1980. Otero worked for the Bennington Police Department for 10 years, retiring as a sergeant, and he has been an American Red Cross First Aid & CPR/AED instructor since 1974. Taking the reins of the SVC women’s lacrosse team marks Otero’s second stint working at Southern Vermont as he was an adjunct faculty professor in the College’s criminal justice program for eight years starting in 1985.
A three-year letter winner for the Cadets while at NU, Otero also has obtained a US Lacrosse Level 3 coaching certification since being at SVC. He served as the head coach for the Vermont-New Hampshire Senior Lacrosse All-Star Game in 2004 and 2013, and he also coached the Vermont Rising Stars Game on four separate occasions.
Coach Wilkinson came on staff for Southern Vermont for the women's lacrosse's inaugural 2015 season, and she will be back to help Coach Otero for the fourth year in 2018. Wilkinson's duties within the team have a wide range including working with the goalkeepers and setting starting lineups.