Wake Forest Hoops Coach Dead at 56

Prosser steered Demon Deacons to unprecedented heights
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 27, 2007 7:55 AM CDT
Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser argues a call during the first half of a basketball game against Georgia Tech in Winston-Salem, N.C., in a Wednesday March 2, 2005 photo. Wake Forest men's basketball coach...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Wake Forest basketball coach Skip Prosser, who led the Demon Deacons to their only top national ranking, died in his office yesterday after apparently suffering a heart attack. The 56-year-old collapsed and couldn't be resuscitated, the News and Observer reports. Praise flowed for the witty, literate Prosser, beloved for his role as a teacher as much as his on-court success.

"It is hard to imagine this community without him," university president Nathan O. Hatch said. "He was an infectious learner and teacher on and off the court." "He was like a father figure to me and other guys on the team," ex-player Justin Gray told the Charlotte Observer. "He wanted to bring us along as young men the right way."