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Iowa State Fires Basketball Coach Steve Prohm

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Iowa State has parted ways men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm on Monday, coming on the heels of a two-win season and a zero-win season in the Big 12 Conference. 

Prohm’s tenure in Ames ended after six seasons and with a record of 97-95.

The announcement came down on Monday night.

This 2020-21 season was, by far, the worst season of Prohm’s tenure, as the Cyclones went 2-22 overall and 0-18 in Big 12 action. But, the Cyclones started having issues in Year 3 of Prohm’s time in Ames.  

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Iowa State had back-to-back 20-win seasons after Prohm arrived for the 2015-16 season, as he replaced Fred Hoiberg, who left for the Chicago Bulls. Prohm took the Cyclones to the 2016-17 Big 12 Tournament title, a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and a trip to the Sweet 16 in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. 

After that, the Cyclones dropped to 13-18 and 4-14 in Big 12 action, a season marred by several injuries, including to point guard Nick Weiler-Babb. 

Buoyed by the return of Weiler-Babb, along with a Chicagoland-based recruiting class that included two current NBA players, Talen Horton-Tucker and Tyrese Haliburton, the Cyclones bounced back. Led by Weiler-Babb, transfers Marial Shayok and Michael Jacobsen, along with the young players, the Cyclones won 23 games and won the 2019 Big 12 Tournament. But Iowa State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 


In 2019-20 the Cyclones took another step back, going 12-20 overall and 5-13 in Big 12 action. Horton-Tucker had already left for the NBA the previous offseason and Haliburton followed after suffering a wrist injury that ended his season.  

Before taking over at Iowa State, Prohm spent four seasons at Murray State, where he won 104 games, won two Ohio Valley Conference regular-season titles, one OVC Tournament title, one NCAA Tournament appearances, and two other postseason tournament appearances. One of those, in 2014, left to a CIT championship. 

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