University Sports Information
Howard Payne University Director of Athletics Mike Jones has announced the hiring of Joshua Prock as the new head women’s basketball coach. After spending seven years on the University of Oklahoma men’s basketball staff and 10 years total coaching men’s basketball he will now make the jump to women’s side.
With the departure of Chris Kielsmeier to Wayne State College, Prock takes over a women’s program that went 33-0 last season and won the NCAA III National Championship.
“I am excited to have Coach Prock join our staff as our new head women’s basketball coach,” Jones said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and a strong base of collegiate experiences to the position that will serve our program well. He is a quality coach but more importantly a solid Christian man with a heart for young people.”
Prock, a veteran member of the Oklahoma basketball program, completed his third season in 2004-2005 as director of basketball operations after serving as the team’s video coordinator during the Sooners’ 2001-02 Final Four campaign.
During Prock’s seven years with the program, Oklahoma’s overall record was 178-56, including an Elite 8 appearance in 2003, and 3 consecutive Big 12 Tournament Championships. He was an integral part of the program including administrative duties, recruiting and coaching the team.
“I want to thank Dr. (Lanny) Hall, Dr. (Brad) Johnson, Mike Jones, and the search committee for giving me this opportunity,” Prock said. “Angie (Joshua’s wife) and I are looking forward to becoming apart of the HPU community, working with the young ladies, and continuing the tradition that has been established by Chris Kielsmeier.”
Hall is the university’s president.
The native of Clovis, N.M., was responsible for handling the day-to-day administrative duties of the Oklahoma basketball office. He coordinated special projects and team travel, practice sessions, supervised OU teaching clinics and summer camps, and assisted with on-campus recruiting. After leaving Oklahoma, he spent one season as an assistant at Kentucky Wesleyan University before his current position at Ryan High School in Denton.
“Howard Payne is fortunate to have Coach Prock joining our athletic staff. His coaching experience and involvement with other high-profile basketball programs is impressive and his work-ethic, character and Christian commitment truly make him a great fit for Howard Payne University,” said Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president for enrollment and student services. “Coach Prock is an educator who will be committed to student success both on and off the court,” Johnson added.
Prock comes highly recommended by several Division I and Division II coaches, including Sherri Coale, the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma.
Prock is a 2001 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts. He also completed a Master’s Degree in Human Relations in 2002 from Oklahoma. He is 30 years old and been married to his wife Angie for four years.