TCU men's basketball program adds Prioleau to coaching staff
April 29, 2008
TCU head men's basketball coach Jim Christian announced on Tuesday (Apr. 29) that former Iowa State assistant coach Jean Prioleau has been added to the Horned Frogs' coaching staff.
"We are very excited to have Jean joining our program," said Christian. "Jean is an extremely respected and successful recruiter in the State of Texas when he was at Iowa State, Marquette and Wichita State. We're very happy to have someone with Jean's Texas recruiting credentials on our staff, and he's a very bright, young coach that will add a lot to our program."
Prioleau spent two seasons with Iowa State where he helped the Cyclones record 29 victories during his time - including a 15-16 overall record during the 2007-08 campaign. In his two seasons - the Cyclones had three All-Big 12 Conference performers in Mike Taylor, Wesley Johnson and Jiri Hubalek and were ranked in the top-100 among all NCAA Division I programs in a pair of defensive categories.
Soon after accepting the position at Iowa State - Prioleau played an instrumental role in signing one of the top players for the Cyclones in Wesley Johnson. The 6-7 forward from Corsicana, Texas, proved to be a valuable find for the Cyclones as he garnered All-Big 12 Rookie Team accolades as well as honorable mention Freshman All-American laurels during the 2006-07 campaign.
Prior to joining the Iowa State program - Prioleau spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant coach under former Marquette head coach and current Indiana University head coach Tim Crean. In his lone season with the Golden Flashes - Marquette recorded a 20-11 overall record and a 10-6 mark in Big East Conference action en route to securing a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Prioleau was part of a Marquette program that ranked 11th in the country in three-point field goal percentage, 22nd in three-point field goals made per game and 43rd in the nation in scoring offense in his lone campaign.
Before his stint with Marquette - Prioleau spent five seasons on the coaching staff at Wichita State where he played a vital role in the resurgence and success of the Shockers in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Shockers advanced to three NIT Tournaments during Prioleau's tenure on the coaching staff and helped them achieve a 22-10 record - including a second-place finish in the conference - during the 2004-05 campaign.
Prioleau played a big role in putting together the recruiting class for Wichita State in the Shockers' Missouri Valley Conference Championship as well as NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance during the 2005-06 season. In addition to signing the top recruiting class in 2001 in the Missouri Valley Conference - Prioleau helped ink Sean Ogirri (Colorado Player of the Year), Paul Miller (2006 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and 2001 Freshman of the Year), Jamar Howard (Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection) and Randy Burns (Missouri Valley Conference Rookie of the Year).
During his five-year tenure on the Wichita State coaching staff - the Shockers never finished below a .500 overall or conference mark while winning 18 or more games in four of five seasons. The Shockers collected 94 total victories during Prioleau's tenure - including a pair of 20-win seasons in each of his final two campaigns with the program.
Prioleau began his coaching career at his alma mater - Fordham University - following an eight-year professional basketball career. During his professional career - Prioleau competed in Turkey, Italy, Switzerland as well as the USBL and CBA while earning trips to pre-season training camps for the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers.
Following his graduation - Prioleau played professionally for the USBL's Long Island Surf prior to attending training camp for the Indiana Pacers Rookie/Free Summer League. Prioleau was invited to the Pacers' veteran camp where he was the final cut made by the organization prior to the beginning of the season.
In 1992-93 - Prioleau played for Yakima of the CBA before rejoining the Surf that summer. Prioleau made his second appearance at the Indiana Pacers' veteran camp before competing for Grand Rapids and Sioux Falls of the CBA. The following summer - he was played for the New Jersey Nets' summer league team then signed a professional contract in Switzerland during the 1994-95 season.
The TCU assistant coach was invited to the New York Knicks' veterans camp during the Fall of 1995 where he was the organization's final cut prior to the beginning of the season. After playing in Turkey during the 1995-96 season - Prioleau spent the final two professional years in Italy as a member of Sicc BPA Jesi.
A former standout at Fordham University - Prioleau was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 after concluding his career ranked second in all-time steals (251) and assists (453), third in free throw percentage, fourth in field goals made and sixth in scoring (1,442). During his career - he helped the Rams to back-to-back Patriot League championships - including hitting the game-winning three-pointer in the 1992 Patriot League Championship Game.
The Rams advanced to the NCAA Tournament during the 1991-92 season for the first time since 1971 campaign while Prioleau was selected as a first team All-Patriot League selection. He also guided the Rams to a pair of NIT Tournament appearances during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons - including a 25-8 overall record during his junior campaign.
A 1992 graduate of Fordham University with a degree in physics - Prioleau is a member of both the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) and BCA (Black Coaches Association).
Prioleau becomes the first assistant coach to be added to the staff for first-year head men's basketball coach Jim Christian.
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