Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sad news from Wake Forest

Skip Prosser dies at age 56 news services

Wake Forest basketball coach Skip Prosser died, multiple sources said Thursday. He was 56.
Prosser collapsed while jogging, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
He was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, an athletic department official told the newspaper.
Prosser left Orlando, where the AAU national tournament is being held, this morning at 6 a.m. to return to Wake Forest for a basketball camp.
Mark Prosser, Skip Prosser's son and a Bucknell assistant coach, received a phone call at about 2:40 p.m. ET this afternoon while watching games at the Milkhouse in Orlando. He left the gym immediately.
Prosser took over at Wake Forest in 2001 after coaching at Xavier for seven seasons, including five straight NCAA Tournament bids. He coached for one season at Loyola (Md.) in 1993-94.
Prosser's career record was 291-146 (.666). He was the 2003 ACC coach of the year. Prosser was 126-68 in six seasons at Wake Forest.
Last season, Wake Forest was 15-16 and lost to Virginia Tech in the second round of the ACC Tournament. In 2006, the Demon Deacons lost in the first round of the NIT.
In 2005, Wake Forest was a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but lost to West Virginia 111-105 in double overtime. It was Chris Paul's final game at Wake Forest.
The 2004 team reached the East Region semifinals, losing to St. Joseph's. The year before, Wake lost to Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament after winning the ACC regular-season title.
He was the only coach in NCAA Tournament history to lead three different schools to the tournament in his first season at the school.
Prosser is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two sons: Scott and Mark, both in their 20s.

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