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Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award


December 29, 2011


BOSTON (MA) -- After leading Murray State to its best start in 75 years, Steve Prohm earns the Hugh Durham award mid-season coaching honors.

The Racers, who were picked to finish third this season in the Ohio Valley Conference, started the season 13-0. Itís the best start since the 1935-36 team began 16-0. The great start has been highlighted by a Great Alaska Shootout title and the programís first win over a ranked opponent in 14 years, as the Racers went on the road and beat No. 20 ranked Memphis. The following day Murray State was ranked in the AP poll for the first time since the end of the 1997-98 season.

Prohm's 13-0 start is the best for a rookie head coach in Racer history ahead of the 9-0 that Tevester Anderson (now at Jackson State) had in 1998.

After 13 years as an assistant coach, Prohm is in his first season as head coach, replacing Billy Kennedy who was named head coach at Texas A&M.

The Hugh Durham award is presented annually to the top mid-major coach in Division I college basketball. The award is named after Hugh Durham. He is the first and only coach in the history of NCAA Division I basketball to lead two different schools to the NCAA Final Four for the first and only time in each school's history (Florida State University in 1972 and University of Georgia in 1983). Durham is the only coach in NCAA Division I history to be the all-time winningest coach at three different schools (Florida State, Georgia, and Jacksonville). He finished is his career with 634 wins.

The winner of the 2012 Hugh Durham Award will be announced on March 30 in New Orleans, site of the NCAA menís basketball championship. Previous recipients include Rick Byrd (Belmont 2011), Mike Young (Wofford 2010), Todd Bozeman (Morgan State 2009), Keno Davis (Drake 2008), Gregg Marshall (Winthrop 2007), Pat Flannery (Bucknell 2006) and Bob Thomason (Pacific 2005).

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