Steve Prohm

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Steve Prohm
SteveProhmFeb2012.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Murray State
Record 74-23 (.763)
Biographical details
Born (1974-07-12) July 12, 1974 (age 40)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998-1999
1999–2005
2005–2006
2006–2011
2011–present
Centenary (asst.)
Southeastern Louisiana (asst.)
Tulane (asst.)
Murray State (asst.)
Murray State
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
OVC Regular Season Championship (2012)
OVC West Division Championship (2013, 2014)
OVC Tournament Championship (2012)
CIT Champions (2014)
Awards
OVC Coach of the Year: 2012
USBWA District-IV Coach of the Year: 2012
Basketball Times National Coach of the Year: 2012
Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year: 2012
NABC District 19 Coach of the Year: 2012

Steve Prohm (born July 12, 1974) is an American basketball coach who is the current head coach of the Murray State Racers men's basketball team.

Early life[edit]

A native of Vienna, Virginia, Prohm's family later moved to Dalton, Georgia, where Prohm attended high school at Northwest Whitfield High School in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, and lettered in basketball for three years.[1]

He started college at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta where he played NCAA Division III basketball. Prohm only made it half way through the his first season as a player when he left the team to follow his passion for coaching. He transferred to the University of Alabama where he worked as a student assistant coach and student manager for the Crimson Tide men's basketball team for five years. He graduated from Alabama in 1997 with a degree in education.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Prohm began his coaching career in 1998-99 as a volunteer assistant to Billy Kennedy at Centenary College, where he initially lived in the basement of a dorm and lived off cafeteria meals.[1][3] He followed Kennedy to Southeastern Louisiana University, where he spent five seasons as an assistant before leaving for Tulane.[2] In 2006, he rejoined Kennedy's coaching staff, this time at Murray State University.[2] Prohm played a key role in Murray State's resurgence under Kennedy, which culminated with a school-record 31 wins in 2009-10 and an upset of Vanderbilt in the 2010 NCAA Tournament--only the second NCAA Tournament win in school history.

Prohm was named Murray State's 15th head coach on May 23, 2011, after Kennedy left for Texas A&M. In his first season, he led the Racers to their third straight Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title, a school record-tying 31 wins (including a school-best 23-0 start), a top-10 national ranking and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Murray State Racers (Ohio Valley Conference) (2011–present)
2011–12 Murray State 31–2 15–1 1st NCAA Round of 32
2012–13 Murray State 21-10 10–6 1st (West)
2013–14 Murray State 23–11 13-3 1st (West) CIT Champions
Murray State: 74–23 (.763) 38–10 (.792)
Total: 74-23 (.763)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2011-12 Men's Basketball Coaching Staff". Murray State Racers. Murray State Athletics. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Grant, Michael (May 24, 2011). "Murray State hires assistant Steve Prohm as new head coach". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  3. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/37796/new-murray-state-coach-leans-on-kennedy