Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle would love to see his coaching staff stay intact as long as possible.

He also would like to see his assistants get the opportunity to run a program of their own some day.

On Thursday, Boyle announced new titles for assistant coaches Jean Prioleau and Mike Rohn, in hopes that the titles will help them land head coaching jobs down the road.

Prioleau has been named the associate head coach and Rohn is officially CU's recruiting coordinator.

"Both coach Prioleau and coach Rohn are guys that have not had an opportunity to be a head coach yet (at the Division I level) and, in my opinion, they deserve that opportunity," Boyle said. "If these titles can help them in that regard, I want to recognize them. That's my small way of doing that."

Prioleau and Rohn have been a part of Boyle's staff each of the last three years. They have been three of the most successful seasons in program history, including back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and this year. CU had gone 69-38 in those three seasons.

Boyle said all of his coaches have played major roles in CU's success, but Prioleau and Rohn, in particular, have proven capable of moving on to head coaching jobs.

"In terms of their day-to-day duties and what they're doing for the program, nothing changes," Boyle said. "We've had a lot of success in recruiting and coach Rohn has been a big part of that, as our whole staff has. Coach Prioleau has shown everything it takes to be a head coach at this level and I think he deserves that opportunity; it's just a matter of him finding the right fit.

"Hopefully over the next couple of years that fit will present itself."

Not that Boyle wants to lose them. He has had the same staff during his entire three-year tenure in Boulder, with Rodney Billups and Tom Abatemarco also working as assistants.

In addition to the past three years, Boyle and Rohn were assistants together at Wichita State from 2000-06. Prioleau was on that staff for five of those years.

"I don't want to lose them, but I also don't want to hold them back to achieving their dream," Boyle said. "I know what it's like to be an assistant coach and when you feel like you're ready for the opportunity, you want it to come. They deserve it, so I want to help them."

In addition to his time at CU and Wichita State, Prioleau has worked at TCU, Iowa State, Marquette and Fordham. He is a 1992 graduate of Fordham.

In between his seven seasons at Wichita State and coming to CU, Rohn worked for three years as an assistant at Texas A&M. From 1996-2000, he was the head coach at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College. He is a 1990 graduate of McPherson College.

 

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