Mr. George Edward "Skip" Prosser
By Dan Collins

Winston-Salem Journal

Skip Prosser came to coach basketball at Wake Forest because it was in a conference, and an area of the country, with a deep passion for the game.

“As a coach, you want to be someplace where they care,” Prosser said in 2001.

In his six years at Wake Forest, people from the school and the area also came to care about Prosser.

That was painfully obvious yesterday when Prosser collapsed and died of what Dr. William Applegate, the dean of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, said was probably a massive heart attack. Prosser was 56.

News of his death rocked the community, the ACC and all of college basketball.

Prosser completed his regular jog yesterday at Kentner Stadium and then returned to his office next door in the Manchester Athletic Center about 12:40 p.m. Mike Muse, the Deacons’ director of basketball operations, found Prosser unconscious in his office about 12:45 and tried to revive him with CPR.

The attempts of Muse and Dr. Cecil Price from the Student Health Services - which included the use of a defibrillator - were unsuccessful. Prosser was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, arriving about 1:30. He was pronounced dead at 1:41.

Wake Forest did not confirm Prosser’s death for more than seven hours because school officials were trying to reach his wife, Nancy, who was driving to Louisville, Ky., to visit a family member.

Prosser’s record at Wake Forest was 126-68. The Deacons finished first in the ACC regular season in 2003 and played in the NCAA Tournament in four of his six seasons.

Although the Deacons were coming off their first losing season since 1990, Prosser had just landed commitments from three highly rated high-school seniors.

“I met with the team earlier, and I told them how blessed we are to have known him,” Athletics Director Ron Wellman said.

“I told our players I don’t know if I’ve known a stronger man, a man who believed in what he believed and lived what he believed. There were so many times after a devastating loss I’d talk to him, and every time I left that conversation thinking ‘We are going to be OK.’”

Prosser loved coaching college basketball. He loved the game, the interaction with players, coaches, media and fans. He even loved the recruiting. His favorite hours were spent in a gym, coaching his team.

“Beats being at the mall,” Prosser would quip.

But coaching wasn’t Prosser’s first love.

George Edward Prosser III grew up in Pittsburgh, the son of a signalman for the Pennsylvania Railroad. His father was made of stern stuff, and he expected his son to be as well. Once, playing in a Little League game for his father, the coach, Prosser hurt his arm and left the field crying.

His father asked: “What’s the matter? You have another one, don’t you?”

Prosser completed the game, after which he was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken arm.

Prosser attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and majored in nautical science. He joked that he majored in driving ships.

His early days at the academy, in Kings Point, N.Y., were trying, so much so that Prosser called home to say that he was returning to Pittsburgh.

His father told him that was all right, but he didn’t know where his son would sleep because he was getting ready to go to Prosser’s room and knock the bed apart. Prosser stayed and graduated in 1972. He received a master’s degree in secondary education from West Virginia University in 1980.

Prosser played basketball at the Merchant Marine Academy but spent most of his time on the bench. “Even when I could play, I couldn’t play,” Prosser recalled.

He became a coach because that was a stipulation attached to his first job as a teacher at Linsly Institute in Wheeling, W. Va.

He considered himself as much a teacher as a coach, if not more. “I love teaching,” Prosser said. “I love lectures and all that.

“My opinion is, there’s a lot of lessons you can learn in the gym that you can’t learn in the classroom - just like there’s a lot of lessons you can learn in the classroom that you can’t learn in the gym.

“But I know that some of the best lessons I ever taught were taught to me by my coaches. And I remember some of my coaches more than I remember some of my teachers.”

Dick Vitale, the television commentator, who knew Prosser well, wrote yesterday that Prosser was proud of the fact that he came from nowhere in the coaching profession, without the pedigree of most major-college coaches.

Prosser, in fact, was 34 when he broke into the college ranks. He had been coaching high-school basketball in West Virginia and coaching it well enough to win the 1982 Class AA championship at Central Catholic High School in Wheeling.

He began networking with college coaches at camps and learned that Pete Gillen, the head coach at Xavier, needed an assistant. Prosser said he remembers standing in a phone booth by a busy interstate, while on a scouting trip for the Central Catholic football coach, when Gillen offered him the job.

According to Prosser, at least three other candidates had turned down Gillen. “I might have been his 33rd choice,” he said.

He remained loyal friends with Gillen, whom he insisted on calling “Coach,” even when the two competed against each other in the ACC when Gillen was at Virginia.

Prosser’s first head-coaching job was at Loyola of Maryland, and he made enough of a splash to coach the Greyhounds to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The next season, Gillen left Xavier for Providence, and Prosser replaced him.

Prosser succeeded at Xavier, with his teams winning 148 games and losing 65 over seven seasons. The Musketeers played in the NCAA Tournament four times and in the NIT twice.

Because Prosser had turned down several high-profile coaching jobs to remain at Xavier, there was a question of whether he would accept the position at Wake Forest. Wellman wondered as well before he hired Prosser to succeed Dave Odom in April 2001.

“I called the people in the country who I felt knew the best basketball coaches,” Wellman said in 2001. “And when I asked them about a short list of names that I had, when I got to Skip Prosser the response was always the same. And that is, ‘If you can hire him, you’d better get him. He is a great basketball coach, and beyond that he is a great person.’”

When asked then about his new challenge, Prosser responded in typical fashion.

“I may not know a lot about the ACC right now, but thanks to Ron (Wellman), I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night,” Prosser said. “I mean I know how difficult it is. In all honesty, that’s certainly one of the challenges that excited me, and we’re looking forward to it.”

Most modern college-basketball coaches hold the media at arm’s distance. Prosser embraced them, and because of that and his quick mind, he was a post-game favorite.

Michael Perry covered the Xavier beat for the Cincinnati Enquirer during Prosser’s years as the Musketeers’ head coach.

“If all the coaches I dealt with were like Skip, then I’d be happy,” Perry said. “He was cooperative, accessible, and he respected the job I had to do.”

If anything, Prosser became even more accessible during his time at Wake Forest, regularly opening his practices to the media and actually ribbing reporters whom he hadn’t seen drop by for a day or two.

One reason that the media gravitated toward Prosser was that he was not just an interesting basketball coach but a very interesting man who coached basketball. He was well-read, listing his favorite authors as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Tom Clancy, Nelson DeMille and Pat Conroy.

Contrary to what most people believed, Prosser, despite his red hair, ruddy complexion and love of almost all things Irish, was not of Irish descent. He did make several summer trips to Ireland. “That’s all a myth,” Prosser said. “I think it’s just because I’ve got red hair. I like their music and I like going over there. But that’s not true.

“I’m English, Scottish and Welsh.”

Prosser had two sons from his first marriage, Scott, 28, and Mark, 27. Mark Prosser played basketball at Marist and has been an assistant coach at Bucknell the last three seasons.

Prosser’s one fault, if it could be called that, was his intense aversity to losing. He said he recognized the character flaw, and at one period of his life attempted to accept losing more graciously. He admitted that the attempt failed.

But he did retain a healthy perspective, particularly for a man engaged in a high-profile occupation. His wife, Nancy, was a trauma nurse while they lived in Cincinnati.

“She deals with life and death every day,” Prosser said. “She literally has saved people’s lives that I know. We would go out to dinner, and people in Cincinnati would walk up to me - and she may have actually saved somebody’s life that day - and they would want to know how recruiting’s going.

“What she (did) is infinitely more important than what I do.”

Players remember him as the ultimate player’s coach.

“He’s more than just a coach to us,” said Steve Lepore, a former player at Wake Forest. “He told us that he’ll always have our backs, no matter how long we’ve been gone or graduated. He said he’s going to be a good friend of ours, and he’s going to back us up.”

■ Dan Collins can be reached at 727-7323 or at [email protected].

Published by Winston-Salem Journal on Jul. 26, 2007.
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Valenda Newell
June 19, 2017
It is with great honor that The "Skip Prosser Classic" will be held this winter between Prosser's two high school coaching stops, Linsly and Wheeling Central on January 26th 2017. This game is intended to not only preserve then name of Coach Prosser, but also to establish a scholarship fund in his name for both prep schools. Prosser was an outstanding example of integrity, work ethic, and fair play. His legacy continues, not only at major colleges, but on the prep level where he began to spin his magic. His influence to people like me and so many others still lives. His memory is something I am so very thankful for. I was so fortunate to cross paths with him in life. We are hoping this "Classic" continues for years to come. Skip Prosser was a tremendous human being who got more out of people than anyone could imagine, including myself.
John Stanko
November 23, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Nancy and the entire Prosser family. As a long time Nc State, DUke, Carolina, and Wake Forest fan. He was a great coach and will be sorely missed.-DIane Burns sports fan Raleigh,Nc
DIane burns
January 9, 2016
Skip you was a good man and a great coach, you may be gone but you will never be forgotten.........peace!
Thomas Cutshaw
May 15, 2014
Hey Skipper! I am enjoying setting up my Christmastime drive from Florida to Winchester, VA to Cincinnati, OH via Rock Hill, SC. I want to see the Winthrop Eagles play and see Mark and Pat in action. It's at home against Wofford so there is added potential drama in the house. I will do my best to forward the initiative to produce the legacy film I am inspired to make. With this country and the world in a moral spiraling nose-dive, the people need stories and individuals that bring hope, light and love. Thanks for you reassuring guidance that this will manifest some how even in the personnel muck and mire it appears to be stuck in. I ask for your help by placing a little extra wind in my sails as I attend the next iteration of the Skip Prosser Classic between Wake and Xavier. At this time I am ultra sensitive to indications given to speak clearly, truthfully and articulate well what I am trying to accomplish. I hope to meet influential people in Cincy and will come away with renewed strength and vision. I know that I will tip a few pints on your behalf at Hap's with those there that are very fond of you. In advance, I say 'Cheers and Thanks' to you. I hope little Declan contains a lot of the positive gifts you were blessed with and the heart, mind and energy to serve others with them. For him alone, I want to make this film. Pax.
Mike Edwards
December 10, 2013
Greetings Skipper! On this special day I'm thinking of you as I work late in the editing room. Thanks for your occasional indications of how to proceed with sharing your story for the highest good of others. I remain enthusiastic that with your high-level guidance, all the pieces will come together whereby your inspirational story can be shared with an audience that needs it. Regardless, I am so honored and blessed to have known you since the days you attended Kings Point and being your guest at your last ACC victory over Georgia Tech in the conference tournament in Tampa. I guess your last win was over in Kuwait at Operation Hardware. It's fitting to learn that you shared that you got more out of the experience than that of the soldiers. What a great example of receiving more than one gives! From what your military team has said about meeting and playing for you in that short time is nothing short of amazing. Go figure! Thanks for being such a positive beacon of light to help us all find our ways and be the very best we can be. Having known you and to find out quite a bit more having interviewed so many people now, my life's path is better lit. Peace be with you Skip wherever you may be at this time.
Mike Edwards
July 26, 2011
Hey Skip! Thinking of you this late Sunday morning as the Deacs head to Duke for a very pivotal game this evening. Your authentic friendship with Dino shows in his winning ways and his focus on 'the kids'. You have passed such benevolence forward and now we must take our 'ability to respond' similarly in a caring and kind 'response-able' manner. I hope you can enjoy tonight's victory.
Mike Edwards
February 22, 2009
I grew up watching Wake Forest basketball as a kid and teenager. Starting back with Tim Duncan but when I grew older in my early teens Skip became the coach of the Demon Deacons. I worked hard through school and tried my hardest for so many years to go to Wake Forest to meet Skip because I thought he was a great man. It was a two weeks before I sent off my early application to Wake that Skip passed away. I'm sad that as I am a Wake Forest student today that I will never truly know the man that was so great not only to the Wake Forest Nation but to everyday people in everyday situations in his everyday life. Skip Prosser embodies everything that I want to be as a person...honest, humble, witty, open-minded. It's because of Skip that I've tried so hard to get to where I am today and that I will continue to try hard everyday for the rest of my life.

Thank you Skip for what you've done for me, you never knew me and I never knew you, but I hope that someday we can meet.
John Mooney
December 7, 2008
Well Skip; it's been a year now and we all still miss you!!! I don't think Demon Deacon Basketball will ever be quite the same without you. You are and will always be forever in our Hearts. God Speed my Friend!!!!
Melinda Leonard
Melinda Leonard
July 27, 2008
It has been one year ago today that Skip Prosser has died. I cant believe it and am still in shock over everything. I miss not seeing his leadership on the court and know that the wake forest teams from here on out will play with more heart and strength since this has happened. RIP Skip I will miss you dearly
Jackie Shiley
July 26, 2008
Skip and my husband Henry started their teaching and coaching careers together at Linsley Military Institute in 1972. Skip went on to coach college basketball and Henry coached high school football. He was always so excited to hear about Skip's successes and would say, "hey I knew that guy when…" He was very excited to follow his career. So both of our guys loved coaching and did a great job. Henry and Skip started their careers together and ironically, both ended their careers at the same time. My husband Henry passed away one week before Skip, under the same circumstances, a totally unexpected cardiac arrest with no prior symptoms. We have three adult children, 2 boys and a girl. If anyone can empathize and understand your pain, we certainly can. Please know how sorry we are that you have had to go through this. I guess all we can do is take one day at a time. I'd like to hear from you if you wish to contact me at [email protected]
Jan Bruno
May 23, 2008
It'll be a year come July that we lost coach Prosser. Everytime I think of Wake Forest, I think of him. Coach Prosser was more than just a basketball coach. He was a friend. I am now up north at Villanova for grad school, and I have never once seen Jay Wright on campus. Nor could I pick him out of a line-up. But just about everyday while at Wake I saw Coach Prosser- whether it was in front of the Pit or in the Miller Center, he was there.

In the long run, the game of basketball seems so trivial. Yes, Coach led us to some great wins and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen- but I don't remember him for that. I remember Coach Prosser for who he was as a person, and what he gave back to the Wake Forest community- which is far greater than some wins. I miss Coach Prosser dearly, and although I was never close to him, he holds a very special place in my heart.

We love and miss you, Coach. May you rest in peace.
May 22, 2008
Nancy..i met you when we were on jury duty several years ago..we spoke as nurses having a common bond..I did not know your husband but my heart and prayers went out to you when his untimely death occured.. now i am in the same situation...any advice from you on how i function would be appreciated..
Barbara S
March 29, 2008
January 11, 2008
When Coach Prosser passed away I read Seth Davis' article in He related a story when the Coach and he were walking to lunch and some Wake students said hello and stated, "beautiful day". Coach Prosser responded, "it's always a beautiful day in the forest of Wake." Last Thursday, in route to the Meineke Car Care Bowl, my wife and I walked around campus. It was a sunny day (in contrast to the next three cloudy days). All I could remember was, "its always a beautiful day in the forest of Wake". And then on Saturday, when Riley Skinner hit a couple of long passes, I thought of another Skipism, when he would tell Coach Grobe, "when in doubt, go deep."

We miss you Coach..
Andrew Ciriaco
December 31, 2007
I miss you Skip. Wake basketball games are just not the same without seeing you on the sidelines.
Anne Freeman
November 25, 2007
I had the honour of meeting Coach Prosser a couple of times, more recently when he came to Scotland to hold basketball coaching clinics. He was such a passionate coach and a real credit to the game of basketball but more than that he was a genuine and fun guy to be around. My thoughts go out to his family and to all who will miss him dearly.
Campbell Flockhart
November 21, 2007
Never having the opportunity to meet Mr Prosser, I have had the opportunity to talk to many fellow Carnegie(ans)who knew Mr. Prosser well, and talked what a great person he truly was. I am going to present to Carnegie Borough to have a Skip Prosser Day. If anyone deserved such a recommendation it truly should be Skip Prosser! May the family of Mr. Prosser have the heartfelt sympathy of his hometown of Carnegie,Pa
Mark May
October 16, 2007
Reading all of the condolences and thoughts about Skip show what a great guy he was. I had him for history class at Wheeling Central Catholic HS and have watched him with pride ever since. It's a terrible loss to the students at WF who will miss out on his leadership in life and basketball.
Cathy (Sengewalt) Schumacher
August 22, 2007
Jo, Cindy, Nancy, Scott, & Mark..
GOD has finally chosen A MAN WITH THE ULTIMATE IN CLASS, INTEGRITY AND CHARACTER. I am sure SKIP was chosen by GOD on purpose. I think GOD wants to win Basketball Games, and has asked Skip to be his Head Coach.
Marylee Kauffman
August 22, 2007
We shall always remember Coach Skip Prosser and his wife, Nancy, setting with us in the rain at Oxford, Mississippi last year watching the Deacons defeat Ole Miss. This was an indication of what kind of person he was. Also, Mrs. Nancy Prosser shall always be a part of the Wake Forest family.

Jack & Shirley Webster
Jack and Shirley Webster
August 15, 2007
It has taken me a while to come to this point. Since Coach Prosser died I have been reading the tributes here and I havenot been able to understand the profound sadness I have felt. It is far deeper than would be expected by the death of almost any person that I have not met. And yet, it is there. After reading through the tributes several times, many of those tributes by students that I knew in my time at Wake, I began to understand. The outpouring is not just because a good man has died before his time. Skip Prosser was more to us than a good and caring man or a great basketball coach. Skip Prosser embodied all that we love about Wake Forest. We who are alumni, or students, or parents understand that Wake Forest has a place in our hearts that is beyond explanation. To me – to us – Wake represents a boldness of vision and purity of purpose underpinned with unimpeachable character. That was Skip Prosser. He was Ed Wilson or Ed Christman in basketball shoes. He was Wake Forest.

Charles Decker 71
Charles Decker
August 13, 2007
I met Coach a couple of years ago at a fundraiser. He was very kind and took time to speak with so many people when they all wanted a chance to meet him. Each person seemed important to him. It was amazing when I saw him 3 months later and he remembered my name. Such a class act. His presence will be greatly missed, his absence greatly felt, but the memories will last forever. Grace and peace to the family.
August 12, 2007
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
lenny smallacombe
August 10, 2007
My condolences to Skip's wife and to Mark and Scott. It was a pleasure to have been able to spend time teachging with Skip and having Mark and Sott in class. They were all gentlemen. Skip was a first rate teacher and a dedicated coach. I can think of few people who worked as hard as he and Dino did. He deserves every accolade and credit he received. I know those of us who spent time with him at Wheeling Central will surely miss him.
Greg Schultz
August 10, 2007
I remember him as a teacher first, from wheeling central catholic. Wow, just hard to believe. My condolences to his family.
August 9, 2007
We will never forget Skip's kindness. Our prayers are with the Prosser family.
Bob and Dana Heidkamp
August 9, 2007
I met Coach when myself and some of my coaching collegues decided while at a Duke Clinic we would make a visit to Wake Forest. Being with two people that knew Skip from their five star days he immediately invited us all into his war room with his assistant coaches. Instead of worrying about the interview he had to get ready for on ESPN he was more concerned with a bunch of high school coaches. Skip was truly one of the good guys in the profession and will be missed.
Dane Kennedy
August 7, 2007
My sincerest condolences to the Prosser family and the Wake Forest community. Please know that those of us who love Wake Forest and are holding you close to our hearts and in our Demon Deacon flags flew in Rockingham as a tribute to Skip.
Gayle Cook
August 7, 2007
I met Coach Prosser at a coaching clinic and he spent a few minutes answering my questions afterword. He was very respectful of high school coaches and I appreciated the time he spent with me. I admired how he climbed through the coaching ranks. I also had the priviledge of attending a practice in 2003 at WFU and he was very welcoming. His family is in my prayers.
Mike Koscinski
August 7, 2007
Thoughts and prayers to the Prosser family. A true leader, that happened to be a great basketball coach.

Wheeling Central Catholic - 1986
Dave Morgan
August 7, 2007
To the Prosser Family:

I had the privilege of meeting Skip at a Scouting banquet a few years back, and just last year at Borders in Winston-Salem. He was such a personable individual, and took the time to smile and say "hi". Your family is in my prayers during this difficult time!
Homer Dearmin
August 6, 2007
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Janella Day
August 6, 2007
No one can understand the real significance of the loss of such a leader and well respected coach and person like Coach Prosser. But, to move on in his memory and with all the fundamentals and aspirations he had in place would be the greatest tribute to the man and the university he represented than anything that currently is being considered. The best Wake Forest can be and the athletes Coach Prosser had in place, and assembled for the future, is truly what this great man would hope to see as the greatest tribute to his legacy and to him as a role model.
Danny Huntley
August 6, 2007
My heart prayers go out for you and your family. There is no way to fill the void in your life but time.
Early Warren
August 5, 2007
I send my prayers to Skip's family and friends, I am the cousin of Josh Howard and it truly hurt our family to hear about himj leaving us! Be Blessed We Love you all and remember he is smiling down upon us!
Melitta allen
August 5, 2007
We send our thoughts and prayers to the Prosser and Wake families. We have poured over the many tributes to this wonderful man and know he will be missed by so many. Wake will find another basketball coach at some point, but there will never be another Skip Prosser--his character and the quality of the man can not be replaced. Thanks for all the great memories. Wake '64
Jim and Katie Connelly
August 5, 2007
August 5, 2007
Deepest sympathy to Nancy who was the love of Skip's life. I remember standing with Skip after a basketball banquet when he looked across the room at Nancy and said, "Isn't she beautiful? Don't you just love her?" Skip's face would light up at just the mention of her name.
Gayle Anderson
August 4, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and WFU Community at this difficult time. We miss you Skip.
Betty & Bobby Faulkner
August 4, 2007
Although I did not know Coach Prosser personal but when I meet him or greeted him anywhere, he was always smiling and friendly. My prayers and thoughts are with the prosser family.
Lowlita Douthit-Higgins
August 3, 2007
Wow, unbelieveable that such a prominent leader has passed. Skip, I will always remember you for being at the helm at X. The City of Cincinnati is forever grateful for having the opportunity to know you and share your successes. Rest well Skip. You are missed.
August 3, 2007
Dear Jo Prosser and Family,
With prayers and heartfelt sympathy to you upon the loss of Skip.
Estelle Musico (Carnegie Latin teacher) "VALE, Skip,cum amore"
Estelle Musico
August 3, 2007
Coach you will be missed The Wake Forest and Prosser Families will be missed. We are running a sticker in honor of coach on our race car at Bowman Gray #98 Stadium Stock
Wes Athan
August 3, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
The Silers
August 3, 2007
Dear Nancy, Mark, Scott, Cindy Jo and "Mom" Prosser,
Our hearts ache for you. Although Skip was a wonderful coach, and a wonderful man, his best work is evident in his sons. He instilled in them what Jo Prosser instilled in him. His family is his true legacy. Our deepest sympathy to you all. Ted and Kathy, AZ.
Kathy Kerchansky
August 2, 2007
It is hard to believe that Skip is gone. I have known Skip since my days as a college student at Xavier and then in my current career. As a student, a friend of mine and I wanted to start up midnight madness when Skip became head coach. He was so excited about the event and he thanked us for making the event happen. From my very first meeting with Skip, he defined what it meant to be of the utmost character. He was a man of faith, integrity and had a hell of a sense of humor. It was one year to the day of his passing I met with coach in his office. He spent more than two hours with me at lunch, givng me a tour of Wake's beautiful campus and asking me how things were back in Cincinnati. I will be there on Saturday to say good bye to one of the BEST people to walk this earth. I will have Nancy, Scott, Mark, JB, Kels, and Dino in my prayers. Skip will always be a Deamon Deacon and Musketeer forever.
August 2, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Prosser Family. Wake Forest and the city of Winston-Salem has suffered a tremendous loss. We will forever remember what a great job Skip did at Wake Forest!

The Kube Family
Angela Kube
August 2, 2007
I have been a Wake Forest fan for almost 20 years. What a shocking and significant loss to the Wake Forest Community! It is very hard to comprehend that he is gone--never to be seen court side again. I too met him at the Loop and he was such a nice person. I hate he is no longer with us, but cherishing our memories of him will go on forever and live on. His spirit will always be with us on and off the court. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Prosser Family--during this difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Melissa Passmore
August 2, 2007
My deepest sympathy to this family in such a loss. The community and the Wake Forest Family will be forever lost without "the coach" on the sidelines...he is looking down on us, wanting us all to come together and keep the spirit and in his honor forever be proud to be a "Demon Deacon".."GO DEACS"
robin mummert
August 2, 2007
There simply aren't enough people like Skip Prosser. He captured my respect the first time I met him at a parents council luncheon where he answered my question about how he recruited against the big schools. His answer, "We're not looking for the same kid", and further explanation about academics, character and the overriding importance of a college degree - placed him in a higher category than a basketball coach. It is clear that everyone he touched knows how special he was. My daughter Betsy says everyone feels as though they lost an uncle. He was that special.
Bill Ferrell
August 2, 2007
From one cabdriver here in Charlotte: Being from Winston-Salem and a Wake fan, you will be missed on the court and out in the community. It was great meeting you at the Loop.

August 2, 2007
Thank you God for giving us Skip Prosser for the time he was here on earth.

Francis Dove
Francis Dove
August 2, 2007
Skip will be missed greatly within Wake Forest and the community. May God Bless his wife and family and comfort them in this difficult time. Skip elevated the basketball program to another level and for that we owe much gratitude. May the Tye Dye nation live on in his memory! Rest in Peace Skip...
Michael Logan
August 2, 2007
To the Prosser Family, all of you are in our prayers. The mark your husband/father has left at WFU and on the community will be felt for years and years to come. He will be dearly missed! May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.

Sincerely, the LOGAN FAMILY
(John 3:16)
Mitchell Logan
August 2, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 2, 2007
RIP Skip Prosser. You have truly been a blessing for the Winston-Salem and Wake Forest Community. You surely will be missed.
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Here are some photographs I took at the momentus victory over UNC at the Joel that tell a story about Skip. I treasure the commemerative tee shirt layed out on every seat before the game. It will always be a great way to remember Coach Prosser.
Mike Edwards
August 2, 2007
I have known Skip since he was 19 years old and a plebe (freshman) at Kings Point. This priviledged position was the result of my brother being a plebe attending USMMA as well. We lived in NYC near the Academy at the time and on short weekends and an occasional day off, Skip would stay at our house since traveling to Pittsburgh was not realistic. He was a kind and generous Spirit then as he was last March when he made available to me tickets to the ACC Tournament in Tampa, FL., some 37 years later. After handing a streaking Georgia Tech team a decisive blow in round 1, Skip took a break from watching 'tape' of his next opponent's first round game and decided to join some of his close friends and family who were congregated in the hotel lobby bar. Skip wore his tough season via the well worn jogging suit he had slipped into looking comfortably tired. The patrons consisted of a large contingency of boisterous and disappointed Yellow Jacket fans. Skip more than sensed their presence and made sure he acknowledged them, shook the hands of those that knew integrity and kidded with them. A Coke or two later, when Skip got up and kissed his lovely wife Nancy and slowly made his way back to screen more game tape, the crowd burst into applause. You could tell he was a bit surprised as he turned back to take it in when to my left all of the Georgia Tech fans stood up in unison and cheered loudly, bolstering a chillingly authentic tribute to a pantheon level coach and even finer human being. As an incredibly humble man, Skip stepped slightly out of character to accept the appreciation and pointed at the Yellow Jacket fans and clapped for them as being true sports and an integral part of the ACC Men's Basketball community. The raised arm clapping, hooting and hollering remained intense and then grew into a deafening cresendo as Skip broke out into an ear-to-ear smile and backed out of the pub with his feet barely touching the lobby floor. The thunderous and well deserved applause continued until he was totally out of sight. Following this precious moment, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Who could have known that we all just celebrated Coach Skip Prosser's last win and a life filled with selfless service to others. Sitting at my computer at this moment in time, I am compelled to raise my hands and clap in honor of a man that left this world in a better state. To truly honor you Skip, I vow to reach out a little more and pass forward your positive, winning attitude, your non-judgemental ways and far-reaching mentorship. From where you see things now, I humbly ask for your guidance to help me make the choice to take appropriate action when presented. That's of course if you have the time from your likely new coaching assignment on a higher level. Peace be with you Nancy, Mark and Scott and all those close to you. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin!
Mike Edwards
August 1, 2007
As members of the Bucknell Basketball community we extend our heartfelt sympathies to Mark and his family in the loss of his Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Judy and Lee Steigerwald-parents of basketball alum Dave Steigerwald
Judy and Lee Steigerwald
August 1, 2007
August 1, 2007
Skip, I never met you, but I have followed you from afar. I grew up in your same hometown of carnegie, PA. I share the same loves that you had, The city of Pittsburgh, the steelers and mainly basketball. We even shared the same heros Robert E. Lee and Roberto Clemente. However, I have another, and when we thought you were coming home to coach at Pitt the city was abuzz and I thought I would finally get to meet you. It was never to be. But I do know that you now walk with God and whenever I go home to carnegie I am going to see to it that the sign that greets vistors that says welcome to carnegie home of Honus Wagner is changed to Home of Honus Wagner and Skip Prosser, two fantastic sports figures but more importantly Good Men
Phil Brown
August 1, 2007
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Fredrick Henry
August 1, 2007
Nancy, Your husband's death is so similar to my husband's 4 years ago. I loss him to a heart attack and I have 3 sons, 29,27 and 18. Grieving widows need each other. Write, e-mail me, Heart to heart, widow to widow. [email protected]
Jean Bickford
August 1, 2007
From a devoted Carolina Fan who truly appreciated the style, class and honor you brought to each game you coached and each person you touched. You will be missed by ALL fans of the game and my prayers go out to your family and your extended family(the fans). RIP.
James Ring
August 1, 2007
I fill an extreme loss. My mom and my grandmother new Skip and his wife Nancy from the restraunt that they worked at. I will miss him dearly, and I will never forget him. RIP Skip Prosser.
Brittany Smith
August 1, 2007
Rest in peace, Skip.
Daniel Burapavong
August 1, 2007
I feel an extreme loss, like I lost a great friend. I feel honored to have known Skip for a few years through coaching and playing against one of his Xavier teams. He ALWAYS made you feel like you were important. He is truly one of the great ones. I was fortunate to have spoken to him on Wednesday in Orlando. My heartfelt condolences go out to The Prosser family, Nancy, Mark and Scott.
Jeff Boals
August 1, 2007
"Skip" Prosser, WF Basketball Staff and WF Players. I feel blessed in knowing these "respectable" people and knowing that with "Skip" in heaven now, it is an even more "Special" place. We can all learn "valuable" life lessons from this Gentleman..He was "all about caring" for everyone else. Our family has been blessed that he gave my nephew, along with many other athlete's a chance to fullfill their lifelong dream, a chance to play Wake Forest Basketball. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Prosser family and friends for our loss of such a "well respected" Coach, Mentor and Friend. ABC's to "Skip"
A Basketball "Champion"
Bonita D. Trivette
August 1, 2007
Condolences to the entire Prosser family.
Joe Gann
August 1, 2007
I've been an XU fan/alum for close to 50 yrs.Skip is at the top of my list .His appreciation of the student part of student athlete always made me proud to be an alum.His handling of the Sears/Rose situation before the Georgetown game is paradoxically for me one of my proudest memories as an XU fan.The Pittsburgh visit to Huggins was a teaching moment for me,and my grown children still quote back to me the on time aphorism. My thoughts and prayers are extended to his family
Ralph Huller
August 1, 2007
In this area you have to be a Wake Fan at heart. But Skip had a wonderful talent, with the boys he coached. Everyone will miss you Skip, even if we are Duke, Carolina or State Fans. Wake and Coach Prosser will always be #1 in this home town.
August 1, 2007
August 1, 2007
Words cannot express how sorry our family was to hear about this loss,he will always be known first as a great educator. MAY GOD BLESS AND COMFORT EACH OF YOU.
karen dinkins
August 1, 2007
I moved here 2 years ago from Richmond, a couple months after Wake's heartbreaking NCAA loss to WVU in 2005. I took it for granted that I would eventually see a game at the coliseum with Coach prosser at the helm. It's just a reminder of how precious life is. I am a Duke fan but, always respected Coach Prosser and the job he did. Godspeed Coach an May God Bless your family in this tragic time...
Vince Gonyer
August 1, 2007
I purchased a plaque with my favorite saying "let your life speak", Coach Prosser did just that!
Mary Ann Schaller
August 1, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Prosser family. Your husband was a great coach and role model for all to follow and emulate.
Thomas Hannah
August 1, 2007
I bleed as the saying goes--Carolina Blue---but I am one of the first to admit that I have admired Coach Prosser not only for his amazing talent as a basketball coach but also as a wonderful human being. I am a Southern Baptist and when WF hired him it was one of the best hires ever. Coach Prosser was to put it simply----A Class Act-- bar none! We will miss him also. You (both his home family and his basketball family) are in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss, but we will see him again.
August 1, 2007
It was my honor to host Skip and his Wheeling Central Catholic basketball team to St. John's in Bellaire for a scrimmage. I followed his career to X.U. and through to the ACC. I will miss him.
Tom Binegar
August 1, 2007
I was tailgating at a Wake football game and saw Coach Prosser on a golf cart, 1 row over from where I was. I hollered "Coach can I get a picture of you". He replied "I'll stop by in a few minutes". Shortly he pulled up beside us and said "i'm ready for the picture". What a great man he was! He will be missed, but not Forgotten.
Roscoe Weavil
August 1, 2007
To the family and many friends of "Skip" I have learned so much about a man that I did not even Know in the last few days. He was a man of strength and moral character and I wish I could have met him. My sincere condolances go to the family and the Wake Forest family. Mr. Henry B. Day
Henry Day
August 1, 2007
Grandma Jo, Nancy, Scotty and Duke
The entire Dailer family mourns with you. We also remember all of the good times we had with Skip.It was a privilege to coach Scotty and Mark and a privilege to know that Skip was a friend. Megan and Erin both attended a nd graduated from Xavier because of Skip's guidance.
Please accept our condolences and know that our prayers are with you. Once a Maroon Knight always a Maroon Knight.
August 1, 2007
To the Prosser Family:
Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. Coach Prosser touched so many lives in this city and the country. Our son loved him so much. Coach Prosser would always call him Wake's #1 fan. We are so happy he attended Coach Prosser's Father & Son Camp. Those are precious memories we will hold dear to our hearts. God Bless you for sharing him with the world.
Stephen and Glenda Stover
August 1, 2007
Coach Prosser will certainly be missed. He certainly made an impression on my son and myself when my son attended a weekend basketball camp for invited players several years ago. We were the first to arrive at the gym and Coach Prosser came strolling in and upon seeing us standing there immediately came over and started having a conversation with my son and myself. He had never met my son before but he talked to him like they had known each other for years. He was very encouraging to my son and made him feel very welcome at Wake Forest. They had a nice long chat and he made my son feel so special. I think my son, who is a staunch TarHeel supporter, became a Deacon fan that very day. Coach Prosser definitely made an impression, not only on my son, but also on me. He did not have to take the time to spend with my son, but he did. He did not have to say the things he said to my son, but he did. I think that was just the kind of man he was. He cares for kids. It is very evident by the way he is being remembered by his players, his assistant coaches, fellow colleagues in the coaching ranks, the administration at Wake Forest, and the entire Wake Forest family. He certainly inspired my son. I have been a high school coach for a long time now, and still have a passion for working with young people. I only hope that I have touched the lives of kids with half the passion that Coach Prosser has done. To his wife and family, I send my deepest condolences. Coach Prosser is an inspiration. May God Bless.
Ken Weaver
August 1, 2007
Bob English
August 1, 2007
I was employed with the University in the Information Services/multimedia division in 2003 and 2004. Our division was responsible for designing and installing the video editing bay in the Men's Basketball offices. One of my fondest memories of Skip was the day myself and our two student workers were laying on our backs under the desk console doing the wiring for the editing bay, and Skip stuck his head in the cubbyhole that would become the edit bay on the way to his office down the hall, and said "Now that's what I like to see! Men putting their backs into it!"... Skip's humor and graciousness will be greatly missed by all those that knew him.
Greg McLeese
August 1, 2007
July 31, 2007
Skip Prosser will always remain in the heart and soul of so many fans. He demonstrated professionalism in all phases of his coaching to athletes or students. A wonderful inspiration to all of us educators of young people. Thank you Skip and sincere thanks to Nancy for sharing him with us.
Joan Charles
July 31, 2007
I went to grad school at Wake, and am a basketball fan. Whether we won or lost, Skip made me proud to be a Demon Deacon. What a great life he lived. Thank you.
Claudia Dickerson
July 31, 2007
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