The stability and consistency that has marked Tad Boyle's tenure as the men's basketball coach at Colorado is facing a shakeup.
On Friday evening, San Jose State University announced the hiring of CU assistant Jean Prioleau as its next head coach. Prioleau, like fellow CU assistant Mike Rohn, has been part of Boyle's staff since he was hired before the 2010-11 season.
According to a release from SJSU, Prioleau will be officially introduced at a press conference Monday morning.
Prioleau first crossed paths with Boyle in the first half of the 2000s when they were assistants at Wichita State. Prioleau also spent time at Fordham, Marquette, Iowa State, and Texas Christian before landing in Boulder. He was promoted by Boyle to associate head coach in 2013, and during his seven seasons at CU the Buffs posted a winning percentage of .611 (149-95). That seven-year run included four NCAA Tournament appearances, two NIT berths, and the 2012 Pac-12 Conference tournament championship.
"I was in on his first interview with Mark Turgeon at Wichita State," Boyle said. "We deal with student-athletes every day and wanting them to get the best opportunities possible. But the same goes for coaches. He has worked hard for this opportunity and he's ready. We're happy for him and very proud."
San Jose State struggled in four seasons under previous coach Dave Wojcik, going 32-90 before Wojcik resigned in July due to personal reasons. After winning just 18 games during Wojcik's first three seasons, the Spartans made strides last year by finishing 14-16.
Prioleau's departure marks the second consecutive season Boyle has lost a member of his staff, as Rodney Billups left the Buffs last year after four seasons as an assistant to take the lead job at his alma mater, the University of Denver. The late timing of Prioleau's move could leave Boyle scrambling for a replacement with a busy August looming for his program. The Buffs begin workouts Saturday for a four-game swing of exhibition games in Italy, a trip that begins Aug. 14.
Boyle said due to the timing of the move, it may be difficult to get a replacement in the fold before the Buffs depart of Europe. However, he believes that same timing will not be a detriment to bringing a quality coach to Boulder.
"I've always got a list of guys that I'll consider if anything happens with our staff," Boyle said. "So I have certain guys in mind. Because of Italy and the timing of it, I doubt we'll get someone in before then. But I'm active on it as we speak.
"We're losing a good man, a good coach, a good recruiter. But guess what? We're going to replace him with a good man, a good coach, a good recruiter.
Last fall, Prioleau talked about the advantages of having a cohesive staff in place for such an extended period in today's game.
"From the time we were all together we've always had a common thread, a common philosophy, which is defense and rebounding wins games and wins championships," Prioleau said in November. "When we go out and recruit, the philosophy always has been from Day 1 to try and recruit skilled and versatile players, and teach them how to play defense. That's always been the staple ever since we met back in 2000 when we were with coach (Mark) Turgeon. But our defensive philosophy has always been what it is right now. I think that's what's helped coach Boyle now in terms of having a stable staff that has the same thought process — philosophically on the floor, and philosophically in recruiting."