The San Jose Spartans have hired Colorado Buffaloes assistant coach, Jean Prioleau, as the new men’s basketball coach, per an announcement from the school Friday.
Prioleau spent the past six seasons on the Buffaloes’ coaching staff under head coach Tad Boyle. During that time, CU basketball reached the postseason in six-straight seasons, accumulating 130 victories, the most wins in any six-year span of the program’s 115 years.
“Jean is ready to be a head coach, deserves to be a head coach,” Boyle said. “He is multiple-faceted in terms of his recruiting and coaching ability, relationship with the players, and his professionalism. Jean does a tremendous job and has for many years, not just CU’s staff, but any staff he’s been on.”
In addition, Prioleau contributed to the development of NBA players Derrick White, Alec Burks, Andre Roberson, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Cory Higgins.
He leaves Colorado for his first head coaching position, the seventh stop in his 18-year career. Prioleau spent time as an assistant with TCU (2008-10), Iowa State (2006-08), Marquette (2005-06), Wichita State (2000-05), and Fordham (1999-00).
Prioleau replaces Dave Wojcik after posting a 32-90 record in the past four seasons. The Spartans averaged just over eight wins in the past three seasons under Wojcik.
No word from Boyle on who’ll replace Prioleau before the upcoming season. The Buffaloes released the non-conference schedule for 2017-18 last month, opening against Northern Colorado on Nov. 10.