Murray State head men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm was honored as the Murray Calloway County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Thursday as the organization held their 85th annual dinner at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.
The Citizen of the Year award was first given in 1958.
Prohm follows Racer Football Coach Mike Gottfried (1979) as the only MSU coaches to be honored with the award.
Prohm, who led the Racers to a 31-2 season as a rookie head coach, was also the speaker for the event.
“I’ve got a great mentor in Billy Kennedy (former MSU coach now at Texas A&M) and I also have a great support system here,”
Prohm said. “The one thing they’ve all told me is that once you become a leader, you’re on a platform. It is a responsibility to move people, impact them and make a difference in their lives. “
A crowd of about 450 business leaders and their families would certainly agree that Coach Prohm and the Racers did just that in the 2011-12 season both on and off the court.
Coach Prohm shared the honor with his coaching staff and student-athletes.
“We’re extremely blessed, I’m extremely blessed,” Prohm said. “I’ve got a great staff, great players, great parents and a great situation.”
“This award isn’t just about just winning a championship, it’s also about Steve’s character,” Lance Allison, MCCCC Director said. “Having Coach Prohm and his team out in the community was huge for Murray and Calloway County. He’s an all-around great person and I speak for all of our chamber members that we’re very pleased to honor him as our Citizen of the Year.”
The event was also a night for the chamber to wrap up the past year and look forward. Several awards were given including ones for small, mid-size and large business of the year.