Remembering Skip

By Josh Herwitt - October 21, 2007


GREENSBORO, N.C. -- With the passing of former Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser this past summer, much of the talk among the media and coaches turned to the legacy that the 56-year-old left on the game over his 14 years.

Dino Gaudio, Prosser's former assistant who has taken over the head job in Winston-Salem, was surrounded by reporters for much the day in hopes of hearing his thoughts on his mentor, but other coaches around the league had their own memories to share, including Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.

"We all benefit from being in this league, and Skip made us all look good," Krzyzewski said. "I miss him. I feel so badly for his family. It's an unfortunate situation."

Prosser, after all, was a popular man among among all basketball coaches, particularly those in the ACC, and was starting to turn the Demon Deacons into another conference contender after securing a top-notch recruiting class over the summer.

But for as much as coaches were talking about Prosser and the character that he brought to the ACC, his death opened eyes around the league to the realities of life.

And for that, Krzyzewski and the rest of the coaches know that they can't ever take their health for granted.

"The immediate thought was, 'That could happen to you,'" the Duke coach said.

To combat that reality, Krzyzewski, who turned 60 last February, makes sure that he and his assistants see the doctor for a physical at least once a year and says it should be something that every head coach does.

"It's not so much the stress of winning and losing," he said, "but it's the time. You go to an extreme, and when you take your body and mind to an extreme, it can happen."

Krzyzewski, who has been known to spend his time away from the court doing a variety of recreational activities, from gardening to listening to music and so on, was also quite adamant about his love for wine and California's Napa Valley.

"I like good wine," he emphasized. "And I'll be the judge of whether it's good or not.

"Some of the best people in the world are in Napa."

So much for talking basketball with Coach K at ACC Media Day...

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 04:05 PM on October 21, 2007
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