Former Colorado Assistant Jean Prioleau Expected To Be Introduced As Head Coach Monday
Prioleau has spent the past seven years with Colorado
A new era of San Jose State basketball begins this fall with Prioleau
After nearly four weeks, San Jose State has finalized its head coaching decision. Colorado associate head coach Jean Prioleau is expected to be introduced as head coach Monday morning, per Jon Rothstein.
Dave Wojcik, who became SJSU’s head coach in March of 2013, resigned on July 10 due to personal reasons. Wojcik amassed a 32-90 record with the Spartans over four seasons, but recorded a tenure-best 14 wins in 2017 including a sweep of UNLV and wins over San Diego State, Fresno State and New Mexico.
With Prioleau, the Spartans are picking up a first-time head coach that has quality assistant coaching experience. He has made stops with TCU, Iowa State, Marquette and Wichita State.
During his professional career, Prioleau played in the USBL and CBA as well as attended training camps with the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers. He also spent time overseas where he competed in Turkey, Italy and Switzerland.
Prioleau was part of Colorado’s resurgence on the hardwood and helped the Buffalos to four NCAA Tournaments in his seven years and that includes an upset win over No. 6 UNLV in 2012 as an 11 seed.
“I’m looking forward to building a program the university and community will be proud of and to ensuring that we prepare our young men to succeed in the classroom and on the court,” Prioleau said.
Spartans athletics director Marie Tuite explained the hiring process.
“After a thorough and exhaustive national search, we are thrilled and excited to welcome Coach Prioleau, his wife, Janelle, and their son, Elijah, to the Spartan family. Coach Prioleau is highly regarded as a player’s coach from the time a player is recruited all the way through graduation and into a professional career,” Tuite said in a released statement.
“He’s enjoyed consistent success, knows what it takes to take a program to the next level and has the energy and enthusiasm we want for our student-athletes, fans and campus community.
Though many coaches had interest in the vacancy, the other reported finalists for the position were Patrick, interim head coach Rodney Tention, and Southern Connecticut State head coach Scott Burrell.
The Spartans return a strong roster this fall. Brandon Clarke, who averaged 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore, was a first team all-Mountain West selection. Ryan Welage (13.2 PPG), Jalen James (6.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.2 APG) and incomers Oumar Barry (JUCO transfer) and Keith Fisher III (3-star recruit) will make up a sneaky good roster for the 2017-18 campaign.
The school will hold a press conference introducing Prioleau on Monday at 10:30am PST.