ChapStick notices Prohm’s addiction

Head coach Steve Prohm signals to his players from the sideline on Jan. 17 during the game against EIU. || Samuel T. Hayes/The News
Head coach Steve Prohm signals to his players from the sideline on Jan. 17 during the game against EIU. || Samuel T. Hayes/The News

Head coach Steve Prohm signals to his players from the sideline on Jan. 17 during the game against EIU. || Samuel T. Hayes/The News

Several sports personalities have quirks and habits.

Michael Jordan always wore North Carolina shorts from his college days underneath his Chicago Bulls uniform. LSU football coach, Les Miles, eats a piece of grass from the playing surface before each game’

Add men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm to the list. In the midst of each and every Racer game, Prohm liberally applies ChapStick. Prohm never goes without it.

“If you look over to the sideline, he’s going to have his ChapStick, and he’s going to be using it,” junior guard Dexter Fields from Orlando, Fla. said.

When asked about his coach’s habit, senior guard Isaiah Canaan was amused.

“I don’t know what it is with him and his Chap Stick,” Canaan said. “I don’t know if it’s a good luck charm, but I’ve never seen it before.”

The players aren’t the only ones who have noticed Prohm’s habit, however. A Twitter account was created for the coach’s ChapStick last season.

Additionally, after a recent story by WPSD, the public relations department at the ChapStick company heard about Prohm and sent him enough of the product to last him a “few seasons.”

While the reasoning for Prohm’s unconventional custom remains a mystery, two things are definite: he doesn’t often lose, and he certainly doesn’t have a problem with chapped lips.

Story by Jonathan Ferris, Staff writer