Established in 2007, the George Edward “Skip” Prosser ’72 Achievement Award is presented biennially to a USMMA alumnus who epitomizes the true spirit and qualities of “Skip” Prosser ’72. Skip’s qualities included honesty, integrity, dedication and the determination to serve others. In his work, he was an educator, motivator and leader. He made a difference in the lives of all the student athletes he worked with.
The recipient of the “Skip” Prosser award shall be a former student athlete from Kings Point who has successfully fulfilled their obligation and excelled in their chosen career path in a manner that embraces the traits of Skip Prosser - that of a man who believed in “Service Before Self” and exemplified our Academy motto of “Acta Non Verba.”
Skip Prosser ’72 passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2007 of an apparent heart attack in his office at Wake Forest University. Prosser, 56, had been serving as the head men’s basketball coach at Wake Forest of the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference for six seasons.
Prosser compiled a career record of 291-146 in his 14 years as a head coach at the Division I level. He had a 126-68 record in six seasons with the Demon Deacons and led the team to five postseason appearances, which included four trips to the NCAA Tournament. The head coach also led the program to its first ever No. 1 national ranking and a school record 27 wins in the 2004-05 season. Additionally, he was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2003.
The USMMA alum took over at Wake Forest in 2001 after coaching Xavier University for seven seasons and leading the Musketeers to the NCAA Tournament for five straight years. Prosser also coached Loyola (Md.) for a season and led the Greyhounds to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever in 1993-94. He is the only coach in NCAA Tournament history to lead three different schools to the tournament in his first season at each school.
Prosser received his degree in nautical science at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and was a letterwinner with the men’s basketball program. He earned a master’s degree in secondary education at West Virginia University in 1980.
2018 Skip Prosser Achievement Award winner Joseph A. Martino ’86 with USMMA Superintendent RADM Jack Buono '78.