Looking Back - Steve Prohm

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After five years at Alabama, Prohm went to work as a volunteer assistant for Kennedy at Centenary College where he lived in the basement of a dormitory and ate at the cafeteria. He followed Kennedy to Southeastern Louisiana where he spent five seasons. After that he spent one year at Tulane before joining Kennedy at Murray State in 2006.

“He's made an impact on my life,” Prohm said of his mentor. “And I'm not just talking about basketball. He showed me how to understand what's important and how to have a balance in my life. He showed me how important faith and family are and taught me to rely on and trust in those things.

“I had known about Murray forever. We had a kid at Alabama,  M. C. Mazique, who had actually been enrolled here. This is a special place to me. When you're in a community that truly embraces the basketball program, truly embraces the coaches and the players, and you know how much it means to them... Well, that's something very special.”

When Kennedy left MSU for Texas A & M in 2011 the Racers hired Prohm to take his place. What happened next was like something out of a dream.

After being picked third in the Ohio Valley Conference at the beginning of the season, Prohm led the Racers to 23 straight victories as Murray State was the last unbeaten team in the nation. At one point they were ranked 7th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. They went into the NCAA tournament with a 30-1 record, ranked 10th by the coaches and 11th by the Associated Press. They were ranked for 14 consecutive weeks.

Murray State finished the season with the most road wins of any team in the country and they were 3-0 against the top 35 teams in the RPI during the regular season. At the end of the year Prohm was named national Coach of the Year by Basketball Times.

So, how did he do it?

Well, his assistants were all new to the program and he had five new players coming in. So he scheduled an August trip to Canada to help the players and coaches get to know each other.

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