Loyola's Prosser interviews for Xavier job

March 31, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Loyola coach Skip Prosser, who led the Greyhounds to the NCAA tournament in his first season as coach, interviewed for the head coaching job at Xavier yesterday, Loyola athletic director Joseph Boylan confirmed last night.

The Xavier position officially opened yesterday, when Pete Gillen left the Cincinnati school to become head coach at Providence. Prosser, 43, was Gillen's assistant at Xavier for eight seasons.

Prosser was in Ohio yesterday speaking to Xavier officials, Boylan said.

"Basically, right now he's still the coach [at Loyola]," Boylan said last night. "Nothing is going to happen until I talk to him face-to-face.

"As far as I know, he has not been offered the job. They [Xavier] have the vacancy, not us."

Boylan said he expected Xavier to pick a new coach today.

Loyola officials apparently have told Prosser they wouldn't prevent him from returning to Xavier.

At Loyola, Prosser staged one of the biggest turnarounds in Division I this season, taking the Greyhounds from a 2-25 record in 1992-93 to 17-13, including the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title and an NCAA berth.

Loyola lost in the first round of the West Regional to Arizona, which has advanced to the Final Four.

Loyola's success led to speculation that Prosser would become a hot coaching commodity. But after the NCAA tournament loss earlier this month, Prosser said: "Unless Joe Boylan and [acting president] Tom Scheye are unhappy with the job we're doing, I'm here.

"You never say never, but I feel very comfortable where I am. Loyola took a chance on me, and there's a lot of work to be done."

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