Monday, June 15, 2015

Matt McMahon Takes Over at Murray State, Retains Assistant James Kane

While was in vacation mode, Steve Prohm left Murray State to take over at Iowa State.

The Racers quickly replaced Prohm with former MSU assistant Matt McMahon, who had just accepted a new job at Louisiana Tech two weeks ago.

Here is the announcement of McMahon's hire from MSU:

Matt McMahon was named the 16th head coach in Murray State men's basketball history Tuesday, June 9.

Director of Athletics, Allen Ward, introduced McMahon and his family to a large gathering of media, fans and friends at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

McMahon, who had recently taken the associate head coach position at Louisiana Tech, May 27, comes back to Murray State with a wealth of experience in the game and with the Racers. McMahon was an assistant coach to Steve Prohm where he helped the Racers to 104 victories over the last four seasons, including a pair of Ohio Valley Conference championships. Prohm was named head coach at Iowa State Monday.

"I want to thank Allen Ward and President Davies for giving me the opportunity to return to Murray state as the head basketball coach. My family and I have enjoyed our four years in this community and we look forward to many more. I also owe a great deal of thanks to Steve Prohm for bringing me to Murray and serving as a mentor to me. I also want to thank our players past and present for their hard work and commitment to the program. Their success on the court, in the classroom and in the community has allowed me to be in this position today."

"I am so excited to know that Coach McMahon will be returning to Murray State to lead the Racers," Ward said. "After watching him for four years, I'm convinced he's the right man for the job. He's an outstanding coach, nationally recognized as one of the top assistants in the country, with a tremendous upside. Matt has the talent and integrity to continue the momentum we've built, put his own stamp on the program, and meet the expectations that come with being the head coach at Murray State.

"During the past season, I've had the opportunity to meet, talk and observe the outstanding work ethic of Coach McMahon," said university president Dr. Bob Davies. "He's an impressive young man, with unquestioned character and integrity, fully prepared to lead a program chalked full high expectations."

Complete Announcement

Today, McMahon has announced his first hire as he will retain James Kane as an assistant coach.

Here is a release from MSU:

New Murray State men's basketball head coach Matt McMahon announced Monday his first hire is assistant coach James Kane. McMahon became head coach six days ago when he replaced Steve Prohm who left to be head coach at Iowa State.

Kane, who Racer fans know well, worked with McMahon as assistants the last four seasons under Prohm. McMahon and Kane had a part in Murray State's tremendous success which included 104 wins and a pair of Ohio Valley Conference championships.

"One of my top priorities since returning to Murray State was to find a way to retain James Kane as my first coaching hire," McMahon said. "Coach Kane has been a major part of our success over the last four seasons. You win with great people and James does an outstanding job building relationships with our players and he has proven to be an excellent recruiter and evaluator of talent. He has tremendous knowledge of our basketball system and player development program."

"I'm excited about the opportunity to work for Coach Matt McMahon," Kane said. "Over the past four years, we have established a relationship on and off the court and Matt is first class in every way. It's a privilege to be part of such an amazing university, program and fan base."

"James' familiarity with the Murray State campus and the Murray, Kentucky community are also very important to me," McMahon added. "He is one of college basketball's top up and coming coaches. My family and I are thrilled to have him and we know the Racer Nation will be excited as well."

Kane was brought to Murray State in 2011 by Coach Steve Prohm.

"I want to thank Coach Prohm for giving me the opportunity to come to Murray and serving as a mentor to me," Kane said. "I'm looking forward to helping lead our players both on and off the court."

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