Bravo, Murray! From GoRacers.com:
Murray State University Director of Athletics, Allen Ward, introduced Steve Prohm as the Racers’ new head men’s basketball coach Monday at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.
Prohm becomes the 15th head coach in MSU’s 86-year history, being promoted after serving as an assistant coach for the last five seasons under Billy Kennedy, who recently became head coach at Texas A&M University.
“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,” Ward said. “He’s a bright, up-and-coming young coach with impeccable character that is fully prepared for this opportunity.”
“I want to thank MSU President Dr. Randy Dunn and Allen Ward for this unbelievable opportunity to represent one of the most historic and tradition-rich basketball programs in the nation,” Prohm said. “I want to also thank Coach [Billy] Kennedy for the opportunity he gave me 13 years ago. He has not only been my mentor, but he’s also a great friend whom I will continue to lean on in the future. I want to say a special thanks to the Murray/Calloway County community and all of the Racer fans. I understand this program and I look forward to embracing its tradition. Finally, I want to say thank you to all my former and current players and former and current assistant coaches whom I’ve worked with who have put me in a position to become a head coach.“
“Steve’s passion for Murray State and Racer Basketball is contagious,” Ward added. “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.”
“Having been here with Coach Kennedy for the past five seasons I know what a special place Murray State is,” Prohm said. “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.”
“Ultimately, Steve’s history of strong recruiting, solid x’s & o’s, and knowing what it takes to win will pay dividends for our program,” Ward said. “He’ll bring solid leadership and a sense of stability at a time where familiarity of staff and style of play will be beneficial to the team.”
“I am excited that Steve Prohm is the new head basketball coach at Murray State,” Kennedy said. “ He was the most qualified and the best guy for the job. I know he will continue to build on the traditions at Murray State, and great things are ahead for the Racers. Mid-major programs grow when continuity is in place. Steve has a chance to do special things at Murray State with the current team, and the incoming recruiting class.”
“I’m excited to know that Coach Prohm is going to be our head coach,” MSU junior Isaiah Canaan said. “All of the guys on the team are excited too. Coach knows the game, he knows us and we’re all excited to get back to work and go for another OVC championship next season.”
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, as well as MSU’s 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where the Racers scored their second win in program history with a victory over Vanderbilt in 2010. MSU won a record 31 games and had the nation’s longest winning streak at 17. MSU made it back-to-back post-season 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.
Full Story, including video of press conference, and quotes from players and former head coach Billy Kenendy: GoRacers.com