The Numbers Say Iowa State is Getting a Heck of a Men’s Basketball Coach
Iowa State has its new head men's basketball coach, but the name isn't a familiar one to most college basketball fans. Still, the numbers clearly show Iowa State got a winner.
Steve Prohm was announced as the 20th head men's basketball coach in Iowa State history earlier this afternoon by Athletic Director Jamie Pollard. A press conference to make the formal announcement comes Tuesday morning at 10 at the Sukup Basketball Complex in Ames. Prohm gets a five-year deal with a base salary of $1.5 million. Ok, it's Steve Prohm, but many are asking who he is.
Steve Prohm is successful, young, energetic, and his team's play a high-scoring brand of basketball. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? See Fred Hoiberg, who just departed last week for the Chicago Bulls.
Prohm, 40, has been at Murray State the last 10 years, serving as head coach of the Racers the last four. He has a combined record of 104-29 as head coach and has never won fewer than 21 games in those four seasons. He's also never lost more than 11. Steve was named 2012 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year in 2012 when his team reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The 2013-2014 season brought a College Insider Tournament (CIT) championship and this past year his team made the quarterfinals of the NIT. The team finished 29-6, including 16-0 in Ohio Valley Conference play. They were ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense at 79 points-per-game. Steve has also coached three of the last four players of the year in the conference.
Prohm has 17 total years of coaching experience at Centenary, Southeastern Louisiana, Tulane, and Murray State. He served as an assistant at all of the stops, prior to taking the head coaching job at Murray State four seasons ago. Steve is a native of Vienna, Virginia. He and his wife Katie have a son, Cass.