STEVE PROHM | HEAD COACH

Steve Prohm (rhymes with Rome), the 20th head coach in Iowa State men’s basketball history, will lead Cyclones onto the floor for his fifth season when the 2019-20 season begins. Prohm was named head coach on June 8th, 2015 and has led the Cyclones to an 83-53 mark and three NCAA Tournaments in his first four seasons at the helm. He has led six teams to the postseason and owns a win percentage of .695 in eight seasons as a head coach.

Prohm, a 2017 Skip Prosser Man of the Year finalist, has won 20 or more games in seven of his first eight seasons as a Division I head coach and has seen seven of his former players rise to the ranks of the NBA.

Prohm already ranks sixth among Iowa State men’s basketball coaches in overall wins (83) and conference wins (35), while only Johnny Orr (12) has more wins against the Associated Press Top-10 than he does (7). His 16 wins against the top-25 are the third-most in school history, while he also has the most road wins (5) against the top-25 in school history. Since Prohm's arrival, no Big 12 team has had more NBA draft picks (five) than Iowa State.

Under his guidance, ISU has been ranked 33 weeks in the AP Top-25, including a rise to as high as No. 4 during his first season.

The 2018-19 Cyclones made their way back to the NCAA Tournament and won the Big 12 Tournament for the second time in four seasons under Prohm. The Cyclones went 23-12 and finished in fifth place with a 9-9 record in the Big 12 Conference, which once again ranked as the nation’s toughest league.

Iowa State picked up a number of historic wins in Prohm’s fourth season, including a 17-point victory against Kansas that was the school’s largest margin of victory over a top-5 team and the largest against the Jayhawks in 45 years.

The Cyclones also went on the road to defeat No. 8 Texas Tech and earned 14-point wins on the road against nationally-ranked Ole Miss and Kansas State, which were the largest margin of victory in a road game against a ranked foe in school history.

Four Cyclones earned All-Big 12 honors from the league, led by Marial Shayok landing on the first team. ISU has had a player recognized 16 times during Prohm’s tenure, which is most in the league during that stretch.

Shayok had an outstanding season for the Cyclones, being named a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. Since Prohm arrived in Ames, ISU has had a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, the Julius Erving Award and the Karl Malone Award, which was won by Cyclone Georges Niang in 2016. Shayok earned AP All-America honorable mention accolades, the fourth player to earn the honor in Prohm’s eight seasons as a head coach.

Off the court, three Cyclones earned Academic All-Big 12 honors, led by Michael Jacobson. Jacobson became just the seventh Cyclone to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and the third to be named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The 2017-18 season was a rebuilding year of sorts for the Cyclones, who despite youth and inexperience overcame many significant injuries to still post three wins over ranked teams, beating No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 15 West Virginia and No. 17 Oklahoma at Hilton Coliseum. The wins against the Red Raiders and Mountaineers were two of the largest margins of victories over top-15 teams in school history.

Lindell Wigginton had the first of two All-Big 12 seasons for the Cyclones in his freshman campaign. He helped lead the Cyclones to a tournament title at the Puerto Rico Tipoff at Myrtle Beach, the second regular season tournament title in the first three seasons under Prohm.

In his second season in Ames, Prohm coached Iowa State to a second-place finish in the Big 12, a conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth, which saw the win a game for the second season in a row and the fifth time since 2012.

The Cyclones finished 24-11 in 2016-17, including a 12-6 mark in the Big 12 Conference. The regular season was highlighted by an overtime win at Kansas that snapped its 51-game win streak at Allen Fieldhouse, as well as a home win against No. 9 Baylor.

Prohm coached Monté Morris to All-America honors as a senior. Morris was also a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 first team, joining teammates Nazareth Mitrou-Long (second team), Deonte Burton (third team) and Matt Thomas (honorable mention) as Cyclone honorees.

The Cyclones gave fans plenty to cheer about in Prohm’s initial season at Iowa State, which saw him set a school record by winning his first nine games. ISU earned the program’s second-ever win against a top-ranked foe, defeating Oklahoma in front of a raucous crowd at Hilton Coliseum. The win over the Sooners was coupled with a thrilling 20-point come-from-behind victory against Iowa and an impressive 13-point win against a top-5 Kansas squad.

Prohm’s first Cyclone squad saw his top six players earn recognition from the Big 12 Conference, led by Georges Niang being a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team. Niang had the best year of his career under Prohm’s guidance, finishing second in the Big 12 in scoring and 23rd nationally, on his way to becoming Iowa State’s first men’s basketball two-time All-American. Niang also took home ISU’s second individual national award when he was named the recipient of the Karl Malone Award, given annually to the nation’s top power forward.

Morris earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors and was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award. Morris’ strong season came on the heels of Prohm’s last point guard at Murray State, Cameron Payne, being named the 2015 Lute Olson National Player of the Year and the No. 14 pick in the NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Prohm’s success with point guards is well known. In addition to Morris and Payne, Prohm’s first floor general Isaiah Canaan was also a Cousy Award finalist, as well as a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Award. Canaan, an All-American at Murray State, has played six seasons in the NBA, most recently for the Milwaukee Bucks.

He has an impressive track record of his players being drafted and that has continued at Iowa State as Niang and Abdel Nader, who improved his scoring average from 5.8 points to 12.9 points under Prohm’s guidance, were both selected in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. Morris joined his two former teammates when he was selected in the 2017 second round and in 2019 Talen Horton-Tucker and Marial Shayok were drafted. The five Cyclone selections made it seven Prohm players drafted in his first eight seasons as a coach. Additionally, Burton and Mitrou-Long both went undrafted but have found themselves on NBA rosters.

Prohm’s four-year stint as the leader of the Racer program earned him the distinction as one of the nation’s best young coaches. The 44-year-old produced the top winning percentage in school history (.782) while winning two Ohio Valley Conference outright regular-season titles and three conference division championships.

His Racer teams qualified for postseason play three times, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012, winning the College Insider Tournament (CIT) in 2014 and making the quarterfinals of the NIT in 2015.

The energetic Prohm, who tutored three OVC Players of the Year in four seasons, has been successful playing an exciting brand of basketball. Three of his four Cyclone teams have ranked among the top-12 in adjusted offensive efficiency.

Prohm, who has 21 years of college coaching experience at five schools (Centenary, Southeastern Louisiana, Tulane, Murray State), helped MSU to one of its best seasons in school history in 2014-15 when he led the team to a 29-6 overall mark, a perfect 16-0 record in conference play and a spot in the NIT.

The Racers won 25-straight games during that season, which was the second-longest winning streak in the nation at the time. Prohm won his second OVC Coach of the Year honor and Payne was named OVC Player of the Year, OVC Male Athlete of the Year and earned third-team All-America honors by CBSSports.com.

In 2013-14, the Racers won the OVC West Division title with a 23-11 record and a 13-3 league mark. His team rallied in the postseason, winning five-straight games to claim the 2014 CIT title, defeating Yale, 65-57 in the championship game.

Prohm’s first season as a head coach in 2011-12 ranks as the best year in Racer hoops history. Led by Canaan, a player Prohm helped recruit, the Racers set the OVC and school record for winning percentage and total wins with a 31-2 record.

The Racers cracked the top-10 in the Associated Press poll for the first time in school history and were the nation’s final unbeaten team, winning their first 23 games. As the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, MSU defeated Colorado State in the first round.

Prohm’s auspicious debut as a head coach earned him national coach of the year honors from the Basketball Times, the first of his two OVC Coach of the Year awards (2012, 2015) and district coach of the year kudos from both the NABC and USBWA.

Prohm coached nine seasons at MSU, spending five seasons as an assistant for Billy Kennedy from 2006-11. The Racers made the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and the NIT in 2011 in his final two seasons as an assistant before being promoted to head coach for the 2011-12 season.

Prohm considers Kennedy one of his mentors in the coaching profession. He also worked on Kennedy’s staff at both Centenary and Southeastern Louisiana. In his final two years as an assistant at SLU, the Lions won back-to-back Southland Conference titles and earned an NCAA berth in 2005.

A 1997 graduate of Alabama, Prohm got his start in coaching under David Hobbs, who now serves as Prohm’s special assistant at ISU. He worked as a student assistant coach and student manager for the Crimson Tide for five years, which included two NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the NIT Final Four.

The Vienna, Virginia native attended high school at Northwest Whitfield High in Tunnel Hill, Georgia. Prohm and his wife, the former Katie Ross, have two sons, Cass and Jackson, and a daughter, Frances.

  PROHM'S COACHING EXPERIENCE
1998-99 Centenary College Assistant Coach
1999-05 Southeastern Louisiana University Assistant Coach
2005-06 Tulane University Assistant Coach
2006-11 Murray State University Assistant Coach
2011-15 Murray State University Head Coach
2016-Present Iowa State University Head Coach
  PROHM'S HEAD COACHING RECORD
2011-12 31-2 Overall 15-1 Conference NCAA 3rd Round  OVC Season & Tourney Champs
2012-13 21-10 Overall 10-6 Conference OVC West Division Champs
2013-14 23-11 Overall 13-3 Conference CIT Champions / OVC West Division Champs
2014-15 29-6 Overall 16-0 Conference NIT Quarterfinals / OVC West Division Champs
2015-16 23-12 Overall 10-8 Conference NCAA Sweet 16
2016-17 24-11 Overall 12-6 Conference NCAA 2nd Round / Big 12 Tournament Champs
2017-18 13-18 Overall 4-14 Conference -
2018-19 23-12 Overall 9-9 Conference NCAA 1st Round / Big 12 Tournament Champs
Overall 187-82 (.695) 69-50 (.580) 6 Post Season Apperances. (4 NCAA, 1 NIT, 1 CIT)