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Prock leaves ENMU, takes over at WT

 

Last updated 6/5/2021 at 3:34pm

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Josh Prock, who went 103-96 over seven seasons at Eastern New Mexico University, was introduced Tuesday as the new women's basketball coach at West Texas A&M.

CANYON, Texas - Josh Prock was introduced Tuesday as the new women's basketball coach at West Texas A&M, following his recent departure from the Eastern New Mexico program.

Prock, who went 103-96 in seven seasons with the Green and Silver, takes over for Kristen Mattio, who left the Buffs three weeks prior for the head coach position at Division I Northern Colorado.

"As a coach, one of your desires is to be at a place where they want to win championships," Prock said at the introductory press conference. "We can confirm WT lives that out on a daily basis, and we're looking forward to continuing those traditions."

The search for the next head coach of the Greyhound women's basketball program will begin immediately.

"I want to thank Coach Prock and his family for the dedication they have shown to the young women who have played in Greyhound Arena," Interim Athletic Director Matthew Grawrock said in a school release. "Coach Prock has done so much for our women's basketball team, the ENMU athletic department, and the Portales community. He has led these young women to great success both on and off the court. Our program is so much better because of his tireless efforts and commitment to make ENMU women's basketball a contender in the Lone Star Conference."

The then-Zias struggled in their first few seasons under Prock, but the program went 77-41 and qualified for the NCAA tournament three times in four seasons.

"My family and I want to thank all the people at Eastern New Mexico University and the communities of Portales and Clovis. We arrived at ENMU eight years ago, and everyone accepted us like we were their family," Prock said in a WT release. "We have lifelong friends there that we will never forget. We are grateful for the support and belief of the administration at ENMU from Dr. Steven Gamble, Dr. Jeff Elwell, and Dr. Patrice Caldwell along with all the athletic directors we have had from Dr. Jeff Geiser, Dr. Greg Waggoner and Matt Billings. We are thankful for you all and what you did for our family. We are looking forward to getting started and getting to know everyone."


Prock's eighth season with the Greyhounds did not take place with the school declining to participate in the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the 2019-20 season, Prock earned his 200th career win and became the second coach in the ENMU program's history to record 100 wins with the Green and Silver.

Before his time at Eastern, Prock spent five seasons at Howard Payne University.

"It will be a tall task to find a replacement for Coach Prock, but the next head coach will be able to take great strides forward because of the foundation that has been put down over the last eight years. We also look forward to when Coach Prock will return to Greyhound Arena even though he will be on the opposing sideline," said Grawrock.

 
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