Murray State men’s hire was already in Racer stable
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2011 12:02 am
By: MSU Sports Information
Murray State didn’t look far for its new men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm.
Prohm was promoted to the head coaches’ chair after Billy Kennedy departed for Texas A&M.
Prohm, the 15th head coach in MSU’s 86-year history, served as an assistant coach for the last five seasons under Kennedy.
“It didn’t take long to realize that Steve Prohm was the right man to lead this program and build upon the success we have enjoyed the past few years,” director of athletics Allen Ward said. “He’s a bright, up-and-coming young coach with impeccable character that is fully prepared for this opportunity.
“Steve’s passion for Murray State and Racer basketball is contagious. That’s one reason he received such overwhelming support from the community and from both current and former players. No one will work harder to make sure Murray State builds upon its winning tradition.”
Prohm has been a key part of one of the most successful periods of Racer Basketball from 2006-11 which included back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championships in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
“Having been here with Coach Kennedy for the past five seasons I know what a special place Murray State is,” Prohm said after he was introduced recently. “Our goal is to recruit and develop student-athletes who will help us win championships, while exhibiting great character on and off the court.
“Our team will have an identity of being tough-minded defensively and disciplined and unselfish offensively. I’m looking forward to getting to work.”
Said stretch also included MSU’s 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where the Racers scored their second “Big Dance” win in program history with a victory over Vanderbilt in 2010.
Murray State University won a record 31 games and had the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 during the 2010 season.
The Racers made back-to-back postseason appearances in 2011 by playing in the National Invitation Tournament.
Prohm has been associated with Coach Kennedy for 12 seasons, which include stops at Southeastern Louisiana University (1999-2005) and Centenary University (1998-99). Prohm also served as assistant coach at Tulane University during the 2005-06 season.
At Southeastern Louisiana, Prohm was part of the staff that led the Lions to two Southland Conference championships and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2005.
The Lions posted 24 wins in 2004-05, the most in school history.
During his 13-year career in the college game, Prohm has recruited and coached 13 different players who have combined to win 41 all-conference, NABC All-District and Louisiana Sports Writers awards.
At Murray State, Prohm has coached Ivan Aska (2009) and Isaiah Canaan (2010), who earned back-to-back OVC Freshman of the Year honors and return to the team next season.
Former Racers Danero Thomas, B.J. Jenkins, Isacc Miles and Tony Easley were also associated with Prohm.
He has also coached other all-star players including: Amir Abdur-Rahim (who also coached at MSU), Nate Lofton and Ricky Woods at Southeastern Louisiana, Kevin Sims of Tulane and Ricky McCollum of Centenary.
Prohm graduated from the University of Alabama in 1997 with a degree in education.
He worked as a student assistant coach and student manager for the Crimson Tide for five years, which included two NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the NIT Final Four.
The Vienna, Va., native attended high school at Northwest Whitfield High in Tunnel Hill, Ga. where he lettered in basketball for three years.