Iowa State wasted little time filling its head coaching vacancy, hiring Murray State coach Steve Prohm on Monday, less than one week after Fred Hoiberg departed after five seasons to coach the Chicago Bulls.
Prohm’s hiring, for $1.5 million per year over five years, comes immediately following a weekend of interviews in Atlanta with multiple candidates including Prohm, Iowa State assistant T.J. Otzelberger and Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood among others. Prohm was ultimately hired after the Cyclones interviewed seven candidates according to university president Steven Leath.
"We got our guy," Leath said after he met with the team Monday.
In four seasons at Murray State, Prohm guided the Racers to a 104-29 (.781) record and one NCAA tournament appearance. Murray State finished last season 28-5 in the regular season before being left out of the NCAA tournament and advancing to the NIT Quarterfinals.
Prohm, 40, was a candidate for the Alabama vacancy earlier this offseason, but eventually signed a contract extension with Murray State that was set to pay him $500,000 per season and run through 2020.
At Iowa State, Prohm will inherit an Iowa State squad with four seniors that is widely expected to be a preseason top-10 team. The Cyclones will enter the 2015-16 season on the heels of a school-record back-to-back Big 12 postseason titles and four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
The process to replace Hoiberg officially began last Tuesday when Hoiberg was announced as the 19th coach in Bulls history. Early reports indicated tension between Leath and athletics director Jamie Pollard, but Leath on Monday said that report was "inaccurate" and "silly." Leath sat in on the interviews in Atlanta, but associate athletics director David Harris and Pollard oversaw the interviews.
Iowa State will formally introduce Prohm at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Check back to AllCyclones.com for updates.