With fewer than 100 days before the start of the 2017-18 season, San Jose State finally has a head coach.
The university hired Jean Prioleau on Friday and will formally introduce him in a press conference on Monday, Aug. 7, according to a release.
Prioleau has spent the past seven seasons on the bench at Colorado as both an assistant and associate head coach to Tad Boyle. In that time, the Buffaloes have qualified for the postseason each year, including 2012 when they won the Pac-12 Tournament and advanced to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament.
San Jose State athletic director Marie Tutie praised Prioleau as a “player’s coach” in the school’s release:
"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. 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.”
Prioleau will have the unenviable task of taking over a Spartan program that has not had a winning season since 2010-11. Still, the program appeared to be heading in the right direction before Dan Wojcik resigned abruptly last month. In 2014-15, the Spartans went winless against Division I competition (2-28 overall), but in 2016-17, finished 14-16 with wins over conference foes New Mexico and San Diego State. San Jose State returns the core of that team for Prioleau’s first season.
In the school’s release, Prioleau said:
"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."