July 27, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College and its athletic department mourn the loss of one of its all-time best coaches on Thursday with the passing of former men's basketball coach Skip Prosser. The beloved coach led Wake Forest for the past six seasons, and Xavier for seven after his time at Loyola.
"Skip was an extraordinary coach and teacher, who along with Patty Coyle gave Loyola one of its great years athletically," says Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan.
Prosser took the Greyhounds to their first NCAA Tournament in 1994 - the same year that Coyle took the women's basketball program to its first NCAA Tournament. That year, Prosser's team won 17 games and the MAAC Championship with an 80-75 victory in the conference title game.
Prosser's career record was 291-146, and apart from leading Loyola to the NCAA Tournament, he took Xavier there five straight years and led Wake Forest to the program's first No. 1 national ranking during the 2004-05 season.
"He was a renaissance man coaching college basketball," adds Boylan. "He touched many lives. Loyola is a better place because Skip Prosser was here and I am a better person because of him. Molly and I, as well as the entire Loyola community, are keeping his wife Nancy, and their two sons, Scott and Mark, in our thoughts and prayers."
Prosser, who reportedly died of a heart attack, was 56 years old.