Skip Prosser Signs Contract Extension With WFU

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest men's basketball coach Skip Prosser, who helped guide the 2002-03 Demon Deacons to their first outright Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title in 41 years, has signed a 10-year contract extension, Athletic Director Ron Wellman announced today.

Skip Prosser, 52, recently completed his second season at Wake Forest, leading the Deacons to a 25-6 overall record and a 13-3 mark and a first-place finish in the ACC. Prosser was named the 2003 ACC Coach of the Year and he was named district coach of the year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the United States Basketball Writers Association. He was also a finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year.

"Skip Prosser has proven in two years the caliber of program that we will have while he is here," Wellman said. "It will not only be a championship caliber program, but a program that graduates its players and reflects the values and standards of the University. It is comforting to know Skip will be here for the next decade."

Wake Forest was not ranked among the 25 teams in any preseason poll, but the Deacons rose to as high as eighth nationally in the Associated Press poll. The Deacons finished 12th in the final ESPN/USA Today top 25. Wake Forest finished a perfect 16-0 at home this season and earned victories over nationally-ranked Wisconsin, Duke and defending NCAA champion Maryland. Wake Forest was awarded a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where it defeated East Tennessee State in the first round, before being upset by Auburn in the second round. Wake Forest became the first team in ACC history to lead the nation in rebounding.

In two seasons at Wake Forest, Prosser has compiled a record of 46-19, including a mark of 22-10 in the rugged ACC. His 22 league wins are the second-most ever by a coach in his first two seasons in the ACC. Prosser's overall record in 10 seasons is 211-97. He won his 200th career game (Jan. 28 at Clemson) quicker than all but seven active Division I coaches.

Wake Forest will return four starters and eight total scholarship players in 2003-04. ESPN college basketball analyst ranks the Deacons No. 22 in his early 2003-04 poll. Katz wrote this about next year's Deacon club: "The Demon Deacons lose ACC player of the year in Josh Howard, but they return their core and adding point guard Chris Paul makes them a player nationally. Wake Forest has created an attitude again that it can be equal with Duke, Maryland and North Carolina in recruiting circles and should be taken seriously as a legit ACC title contender."

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