The NCAA Tournament has been announced and that means NCAA teams not involved will be deciding the fates of their current head coaches. Steve Prohm is out as the head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones after six seasons. The Cyclones saw some success at the beginning of his tenure, but the past two seasons have been a disaster for Iowa State.
Iowa State and men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm have agreed to part ways. pic.twitter.com/6EmcJmyj6q
— Iowa State Athletics (@CycloneATH) March 16, 2021
Those six years saw the Cyclones win the Big 12 Tournament Championship twice and make the NCAA Tournament three times. The last two seasons were a different story for Prohm and the Cyclones. They finished 12-20 overall and 5-13 in Big 12 play two seasons ago. This year the team finished 2-22 overall with a winless 0-18 record in the Big 12. The team’s overall record under Prohm was 97-95 and a Big 12 record of 40-68. It seemed like the time for the team and the head coach to part ways and move on with other options. These recent struggles outweighed the past success of the team.
Prohm is expected to land on his feet and find another coaching job eventually. He was a highly sought-after name after his success with Murray State. There is not a team tied to the recently departed Cyclones head coach, so it could take some time. The Cyclones are expected to begin their head coaching search soon. A name that has surfaced for the Cyclones is former Iowa State assistant and current UNLV head coach T.J. Otzelberger. He has been the Head Coach at UNLV for two years and before that spent three years as head coach at South Dakota State. The NCAA coaching carousel has officially begun for the 2021 season.