RICHMOND, Ky. — Eastern Kentucky has hired Chris Prothro to be its next head baseball coach.
Prothro was an assistant at South Alabama where he helped lead the Jaguars to two conference championship and make two NCAA Regional appearances. In his five seasons as an assistant, South Alabama was 152-104. He was also recruiting coordinator where they landed the number 25 class in the nation in 2018.
“First I must say thank you to the entire University of South Alabama community, specifically Dr. Joel Erdmann and the athletics department staff, along with Coach Calvi and the rest of the baseball staff and players,” Prothro said. “I am so grateful for my time at South Alabama and with the people there. It is a truly amazing place that was difficult to leave. Words can’t even express how excited I am to lead the EKU baseball program. The pieces are in place for a championship level of success. We have amazing facilities, a first class student-athlete experience and outstanding leadership.”
“I first learned about Chris Prothro several years ago and I’ve been impressed ever since,” said Roan. “What I believed then and what I know now is that he is high character and possesses the right disposition, baseball intellect, and recruiting abilities to return our program to a championship level. He is committed to winning the right way, prioritizes the total student-athlete experience, and he’s a competitor. Coach will also build strong, personal connections throughout our campus, the community and with the Colonel baseball alumni. I am fired up to welcome Coach Pro, Candace, Grayson and Rhyan to EKU and Richmond, and I can’t wait for him to get started and watch what he’s able to do with a strong staff around him.”
Prothro replaces Edwin Thompson who left EKU to be the head coach at Georgetown University.