SKIP PROSSER RESIGNS AS XAVIER MENíS BASKETBALL COACH
CINCINNATI --- Skip Prosser will resign as head basketball coach at Xavier University to accept the head coaching job at Wake Forest University, Xavier Athletic Director Mike Bobinski confirmed today.
Skip Prosser was 148-65 (.695) in his seven years as the head coach at Xavier University and 165-78 (.679) in eight years overall. Prosser, the second-winningest coach in school history, led Xavier to five straight postseason tournaments and six in seven years. Prosser led XU to four NCAA Tournaments (2001, 1998, 1997 and 1995) and two National Invitation Tournaments (2000 and 1999) in his seven years. Xavier secured its school record fifth straight 20-win season with a 21-8 mark this past season. Prosser spent eight years as an XU assistant coach under Pete Gillen from 1985-1993.
Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J., said: "We are saddened to hear this news but we want to take this opportunity to thank Skip for everything he has done for our basketball program and the University. He has helped bring our program into the national spotlight, while remaining consistent with our mission at Xavier."
Athletic Director Mike Bobinski echoed Fr. Grahamís praise for Prosser: "Iíd like to express my appreciation for the many contributions that Skip Prosser has made to Xavier University. He has played a dominant role in the success of our menís basketball program over his 15 years. In particular, his years as head coach have seen us move very successfully to a higher level of competition and he has gotten us there with no compromises of our academic or ethical integrity. Skipís greatest contribution may be in leaving Xavier a better and more attractive place, and for that we owe him our gratitude. I wish both him and (his wife) Nancy great success and happiness in their new surroundings at Wake Forest University and want them to know they will always be remembered warmly at Xavier and in the City of Cincinnati."
Bobinski commented briefly on where Xavier goes from here with its search for a new head coach: "Certainly there are many questions about our search for a new head coach. I am confident that we present a situation that will be attractive to very qualified and fine candidates. There is no specific timetable, rather we will take whatever time is necessary to hire the best available coach for Xavier. My first priority is to assure our current players and the young men who have committed to Xavier that their well-being is at the heart of our search. It is not my intention to identify specific candidates nor comment on the search while it is in progress."