Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mark Prosser named WCU head basketball coach

Western Carolina Athletic Director Randy Eaton today named Mark Prosser as the Western Carolina head basketball coach.

Prosser, the son of former Xavier head coach Skip Prosser, is leaving his position as Winthrop men’s basketball associate head coach to become the new head coach at Western Carolina

"We needed someone that's been a part of programs that have been built, from the ground up," said Eaton. "It was also important for us to find someone who understood that 'student' will always come before 'athlete.'"

"It really turned out to be an unbelievably perfect situation for me and my family," Prosser said, after Eaton formally introduced him at the press conference. “We’re going to go about this the right way. Our guys are going to be about the ABCs – academics, basketball, character,” he said. “We’ll get started very quickly in building that championship culture.”

Prosser had a big hand in Winthrop's scoring success as the coaching staff's offensive-minded assistant. Winthrop finished the last three seasons in the KenPom top-50 in pace and top-150 in offensive efficiency. They were arguably the best all-around offensive team in the Big South for three straight years.

Prosser knows the Southern Conference well from his time coaching in the league with Wofford and against its teams numerous times with Winthrop.

"So happy for my longtime coaching colleague and brother Mark Prosser. He will crush it at Western Carolina and will be missed here at Winthrop. I'll be rooting like crazy as he goes from rockin' the hill to rockin' the mountain" -Pat Kelsey

You can watch a replay of the press conference introducing Mark Prosser below - (skip over to the 15 min, 30-second mark for the video to begin).


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