AMES, Iowa – Steve Prohm has officially been named the new Iowa State men’s basketball head coach, according to an ISU press release.
A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Sukup Basketball Complex, where Prohm will be formally introduced. Prohm agreed to a five-year contract with a base salary of $1.5 million.
The 40-year-old will succeed the hugely popular Cyclone icon, Fred Hoiberg, who took the Chicago Bulls head-coaching job last week. Sources tell Channel 13 Sports Director Keith Murphy that Prohm dazzled Iowa State in the interview process. It’s not yet known how he’ll fill out his staff.
“We feel Steve and his family are a perfect fit for Iowa State University,” Pollard said, according to the press release. “Steve’s personal values, style of play and proven success as a head coach make him an outstanding choice to be our next coach. He is a proven winner who is widely respected by his current and former players. We feel Steve is the ideal coach to continue the incredible success that Coach Hoiberg and his players have achieved during the past several years. We are excited to welcome Steve, Katie and Cass to the Cyclone family.”
The 2012 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year posted a 104-29 overall record as head coach at Murray State from 2011-15. Prohom posted the best winning percentage for a head coach in school history during his time as head coach. He also led the Racers to two Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) regular-season titles and three conference division championships.
Under Prohm, Murray State qualified for the postseason three times. The team reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012, won the College Insider Tournament in 2014, and made the quarterfinals of the NIT last year.
Three of the last four OVC Players of the Year were coached by Prohm at Murray State, and his teams are known for their up-tempo style of play.
Last season, the team ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense and 13th in the nation in adjusted offense. The Racers won 25-straight games, which was the second-longest winning streak in the nation at the time of the run. Prohm won his second OVC Coach of the Year award and point guard Cameron Payne, who is expected to be a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA draft, was named OVC Player of the Year.
In his first year as coach, Murray State was ranked in the Associated Press’ top 10 for the first time in school history and was the nation’s last unbeaten team. MSU was able to defeat Colorado State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, before falling to Marquette in the third round.
Prohm possesses a total of 17 years of college coaching experience at four different universities. He was an assistant at Centenary College, Southeastern Louisiana, and Tulane before arriving in Murray, where he was also an assistant from 2006-11 prior to being named head coach.
The new Iowa State head coach graduated from the University of Alabama in 1997. He also worked as a student assistant coach and student manager for the Crimson Tide for five years under David Hobbs.
With Murray State playing in the OVC, which ranks near the bottom of the NCAA, the question will be whether Prohm can successfully recruit to Ames and translate his success to the Big 12, which ranked at the top of the RPI this past season.
Iowa State reportedly interviewed several candidates over the weekend before committing to Prohm. The coaches included Iowa State assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger, Valparaiso's Bryce Drew, Stephen F. Austin's Brad Underwood, and N.C. Central's LeVelle Moton.