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Mark Prosser hired as head coach at Winthrop

Mark Prosser has been named the new head coach at Winthrop, the school announced Friday. Prosser has been the head coach at Western Carolina since 2018, going 37-53 overall including a 19-12 mark in 2019-20.

“The turnaround Mark created at Western from year one to year two proved in my mind that he was ready to be a head coach,” AD Ken Halpin said in a statement. “So the opportunity to hire a sitting head coach who knows our tradition, our players and our community here in Rock Hill was exactly what we wanted.”

Prosser was an assistant and associate head coach under Pat Kelsey at Winthrop for six years before getting WCU job, so he has familiarity with the program and the community. Kelsey led the Eagles to four Big South titles – including two while Prosser was on staff – and two NCAA Tournaments in nine seasons before taking the Charleston job last month.

“My family and I could not be more excited to come home to Winthrop University and the Rock Hill community,” Prosser said. “We’d like to thank Dr. Halpin, Dr. Hynd, the Board of Trustees and the entire Winthrop community for entrusting us with one of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country.”

Son of the late Skip Prosser, Mark was honored last season as the Skip Prosser Man of the Year, an award named after his father that recognizes head coaches who have success on the court and display moral integrity off of it.


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