My Sportsman: Skip Prosser
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To the day he died last July 26 from an apparent heart attack at the age of 56, Prosser played by the rules. Not to be lost in the sordid ways practiced by many in the college athletics business, Prosser maintained his humility, dating back to his earliest days as a high school teacher and coach at Linsly Institute in Wheeling, W. Va. For his dedication to teaching, both on and off the court, Prosser is my Sportsman of the Year.
Prosser left behind a winning legacy (291-146 in 14 seasons) for hoop historians, leading Xavier to success (148-65 in seven seasons) before migrating to Wake Forest's tight-knit community in Winston-Salem, N.C. It was there, though, that he bequeathed much more to his program. Already assured of his place in Demon Deacon history by achieving the school's first No.1 ranking and rearing NBA stars
I spoke with Prosser the evening after
Thirteen days later he was gone for good. Still, his program, let alone his legacy, will live on with his current Wake players and those recruits, who, even in his passing, signed with Prosser's program during the early signing period.
Two weeks ago, Wake honored Prosser posthumously