San Jose State Has Let Go Of Jean Prioleau
Reports are that the Spartans need a new head coach.
San Jose State job is nearly impossible
San Jose State is once again in the job market for a new head basketball coach as Jeff Goodman of Stadium is reporting that Jean Prioleau is out of a job.
San Jose State has parted ways with coach Jean Prioleau, source told @Stadium.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 12, 2021
This Spartans job is beyond difficult and arguably one of the worst jobs in the country. Even before Prioleau arrived, seemingly the best player or players would transfer at the end of the season and that continued during Prioleau’s tenure in the Bay Area.
His career record was 20-93 overall and an 8-62 record in Mountain West play. The past two years saw slight improvements by winning three league games each year compared to one in his first two seasons.
This Spartans job is in an area where there is some basketball talent and in a league that is a top eight to 10 conference with some good competition. The next coach to take the job has to be a team builder and figure out how to keep the top players from going elsewhere.
Odds are it will once again be a first-time head coach who can’t be picky in getting his first head coaching gig, as that is what Prioleau did as he came in from Colorado where he was an assistant coach for eight seasons.
This Spartans team has just one winning season this century when the team went 17-16 during the 2010-11 season in the WAC. Its most recent NCAA Tournament berth was when they were in the Big West and earned a 16 seed in 1995-96 year. That year they went on a conference tourney run to get the auto big and finished with a 13-17 record.
Success is hard to come by with this San Jose State program, so whoever takes over the job next will need to be patient, sell a vision and be one heck of a recruiter to convince good talent to be a Spartan.