|Wake Forest expected to name longtime assistant Gaudio as Prosser's replacement|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2007 19:06|
The school said Tuesday night it had called a news conference where it was expected to introduce the successor to Prosser, the congenial coach who led the Demon Deacons for six seasons and died July 26 of an apparent heart attack at 56.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported on its Web site late Tuesday night that Gaudio was expected to be chosen to take over the Wake Forest program.
``When have you known me to call a press conference and not have a major announcement?'' athletics director Ron Wellman told the newspaper.
ESPN.com, citing anonymous sources, also reported that Gaudio would not carry the interim tag.
Gaudio did not return a telephone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.
He and two other staff members - associate head coach Jeff Battle and assistant Pat Kelsey - were believed to be among the top candidates to replace Prosser.
Gaudio - a longtime assistant to Prosser on both the high school and college levels - has seven years of college head coaching experience. He was 36-72 in four seasons as Army's head coach and 32-52 at Loyola of Maryland from 1998-2000.
Battle, who coached with Prosser for 14 seasons at three different schools, declined comment when reached at home by the AP. Kelsey, a member of Prosser's staff since 2002, referred all questions to the school's sports information department.
The announcement will cap a tumultuous 13 days in Winston-Salem.
Shortly after Prosser returned from his noon jog July 26, he was found unresponsive and slumped on his office couch by one of his assistants. Medical personnel performed CPR and used a defibrillator, but Prosser was pronounced dead after being taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
During the funeral, Prosser was remembered by Gaudio for having ``unwavering'' integrity, and the veteran assistant said during his eulogy that ``those of us that were blessed to be under his charge will carry that with us for the rest of our lives.''
Under Prosser the Demon Deacons won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title in 2003 and reached the NCAA tournament in his first four seasons. Wake Forest reached No. 1 in the poll for the first time during the 2004-05 season.
Prosser was head coach at Xavier for seven seasons and at Loyola of Maryland for one.
He had a career record of 291-146 as a head coach, including 126-68 with Wake Forest. He is the only coach to take three schools to the NCAA tournament in his first season at each.
The announcement was scheduled for 11 a.m. at the field house at Groves Stadium, where the football team plays.