Join us on Oct. 26 to celebrate Pro’s 50 years of service to Upper Iowa University as we honor him with "Bill Prochaska Night." The social hour begins at 4 p.m. at Harms-Eischeid Stadium, with the presentation to commence at halftime during the UIU/SMSU football game.
Bill Prochaska, Class of 1963, entered Upper Iowa University following a four-year tour in the United States Air Force. He was a letter winner three years in basketball, was a team captain his senior year and was a letter winner in baseball.
He was a teacher and coach at Buffalo Center High School from 1963 to 1971. He earned his master's degree from Mankato State University and has coached and represented Upper Iowa University student-athletes at more than 1,000 athletic contests since 1971.
At Upper Iowa, Prochaska was head men's basketball coach for 21 years, head baseball coach for 16 years, women's golf coach (1990 - 1999) and men's golf coach since (1994 - 2002). He served as athletic director, physical education department chair and division chair of education. He has coached all-conference players in basketball (14), baseball (21), golf (2), and three All-Americans. Under his direction, the Peacocks earned two conference titles in baseball and qualified for NAIA playoffs twice in basketball. He was selected on two occasions to coach the Small College Seniors and the Iowa College Seniors in All-Star games. He was inducted into the Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame for players in 1993 and the Iowa Athletic Coaches Association Softball Umpire Hall of Fame in 1992.
Prochaska retired in 2002. In conjunction with the 2003 Homecoming, the basketball court in Dorman Gymnasium was named "Prochaska Court" in honor of coach and professor Prochaska.
He and his wife, Janet, live in Fayette. They are the parents of two children, Melissa and Mike. Mike is a 1989 graduate of Upper Iowa, where he also participated in golf and baseball, and served as his father's student assistant in basketball.