Steve Prohm

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Steve Prohm
Steve Prohm.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Iowa State
Conference Big 12
Record 60–41
Annual salary


• contract extension through 2022
Biographical details
Born (1974-07-12) July 12, 1974 (age 44)
Alma mater University of Alabama (1997)
Playing career
199?–199? Oglethorpe
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998–1999 Centenary (assistant)
1999–2005 Southeastern Louisiana (assistant)
2005–2006 Tulane (assistant)
2006–2011 Murray State (assistant)
2011–2015 Murray State
2015–present Iowa State
Head coaching record
Overall 164–70
Tournaments 4–3 (NCAA)
2–1 (NIT)
5–0 (CIT)
Accomplishments and honors
CIT (2014)
2 OVC regular season (2012, 2015)
OVC Tournament (2012)
Big 12 Tournament (2017)
OVC Coach of the Year (2012, 2015)
Joe B. Hall Award (2012)

Steven Marshall Prohm (born July 12, 1974) is an American basketball coach. He is the head men's basketball coach at the Iowa State University, a position he had held since 2015. Prohm served in the same capacity at Murray State University from 2011 to 2015.

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 halfway 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 University.[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.

Murray State[edit]

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.

Iowa State[edit]

On June 8, 2015, Iowa State University announced that Prohm would take over as head basketball coach replacing Fred Hoiberg, who left ISU to take the head coaching position with the Chicago Bulls.[4] Prohm brought his lead recruiting assistant, William Small with him to the Cyclones.[5]

In his first season with the Cyclones, he managed to secure a #4 seed in the Midwest region, where they defeated Iona and Little Rock to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, where they fell to top-seeded Virginia, 84–71.

During the first half of the 2016–17 season, the Cyclones struggled to meet preseason expectations, starting off with a record of 13–8. However, on February 4, 2017, they stunned third-ranked Kansas, 92–89, in overtime, snapping the Jayhawks' 54-game home winning streak. This proved to be a catalyst for turning their season around, as the Cyclones won six of their final eight games of the regular season, and went on to win the 2017 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament with a 80–74 victory over West Virginia. They received a #5 seed in the Midwest region of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and defeat #12 seed Nevada, 84–73, before falling to #4 seed Purdue in the second round, 80–76.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Murray State Racers (Ohio Valley Conference) (2011–2015)
2011–12 Murray State 31–2 15–1 1st NCAA Division I Round of 32
2012–13 Murray State 21–10 10–6 1st (West)
2013–14 Murray State 23–11 13–3 1st (West) CIT Champion
2014–15 Murray State 29–6 16–0 1st (West) NIT Quarterfinal
Murray State: 104–29 (.782) 54–10 (.844)
Iowa State Cyclones (Big 12 Conference) (2015–present)
2015–16 Iowa State 23–12 10–8 T–5th NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2016–17 Iowa State 24–11 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2017–18 Iowa State 13–18 4–14 10th
Iowa State: 60–41 (.594) 26–28 (.481)
Total: 164–70 (.701)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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


  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. ^ "New Murray State coach leans on Kennedy". 
  4. ^ "Prohm takes Iowa State job, leaves Murray St". 
  5. ^ "Reports: Prohm tabs top Murray State recruiter for Iowa State spot". 

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