Mark Prosser


Mark Prosser, Western Carolina’s men’s basketball coach the past three seasons, has been named coach at Winthrop.

Prosser served as an assistant at Winthrop for six years before coming to Western.

His record at WCU was 37-53. The Catamounts were 7-25 in 2018-19 but improved to 19-12 the next year. They slipped to 11-16 this past season.

“The turnaround Mark created at Western from year one to year two proved in my mind that he was ready to be a head coach,” Winthrop Athletic Director Ken Halpin said. “So the opportunity to hire a sitting head coach who knows our tradition, our players and our community here in Rock Hill (S.C.) was exactly what we wanted.”

“My family and I could not be more excited to come home to Winthrop University and the Rock Hill community,” Prosser said. “We’d like to thank Dr. Halpin, Dr. (George) Hynd (president), the Board of Trustees and the entire Winthrop community for entrusting us with one of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country.”

A native of Wheeling, West Virginia, Prosser played collegiately at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, before a knee injury ended his career prematurely. He is the son of the late Skip Prosser, who was basketball coach at Wake Forest.

In a statement posted to the Western Carolina Catamounts Facebook page, WCU Athletic Director Alex Gary said, “Catamount Athletics wishes Mark Prosser, his family and his staff the best as they pursue a new opportunity at Winthrop University. We remain dedicated to making continued significant investments in support of our basketball programs and anticipate that commitment will make this a highly sought after opportunity for the next leader of our program. A national search will commence immediately.”