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Baldwin coach fulfills his hall-of-fame dream

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Baldwin graduate Gavin Prosser
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Baldwin graduate Gavin Prosser
Baldwin head coach Gavin Prosser
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Baldwin head coach Gavin Prosser

Every day when he's at work, Gavin Prosser walks past the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame.

Several times per day, actually.

And each time, he can't help but glance at the photos and read the biographies of those Point Park all-time greats who make up the hall of fame.

This fall, when Prosser walks by, a new, very familiar face will be staring back at him.

Prosser, a Baldwin graduate and former basketball standout at Point Park and Baldwin, will be inducted Sept. 27 into the Pioneer Hall of Fame.

“It's a really big honor,” said Prosser, coach of the Baldwin girls' basketball team who is employed as an assistant manager of the Point Park Student Center and is an assistant golf coach.

“Knowing my picture is going to be up there for years to come is something I'm really excited about,” he said. “I see the Hall of Fame every day. I see all of the inductees from the past, and now some of my old teammates are up there. It's something I was hoping would happen for me, and now that it is, I'm very honored.”

Prosser has deep South Hills roots. He grew up in Whitehall and made a splash on the basketball court from a young age at St. Gabriel Elementary School.

Once he arrived at Baldwin High School, he really made a name for himself, scoring more than 1,200 career points before graduating in 2003.

He played at CCAC and Slippery Rock as a freshman before transferring to Point Park with sophomore eligibility in 2004.

A 6-foot point guard, Prosser went on to become one of the most prolific Point Park players ever. He graduated in 2007 as the sixth-leading scorer in Point Park history with 1,539 points and an average of 17.9.

Still seventh on the all-time list today, Prosser also ranks third in school history in assists (473), second in 3-pointers (217) and 10th in steals (148).

Those lofty stats were assembled in three seasons because of his transfers. Prosser was an NAIA Division II honorable mention All-American and a three-time all-conference player.

“Gavin came in here at a time, when we needed him to score. And he really did that his first year,” said Gabe Boubon, Point Park's assistant men's basketball coach. “Then, in his second year, we were able to bring in some pieces around him and allow him to be a true point guard. That's when he really excelled.

“He was the kind of point guard who controlled the game out there. He always made the pass that you needed, made the shot that you needed. I've seen a lot of kids come through Pont Park, and he's one of the best. He's definitely deserving of this honor.”

Prosser learned he was selected for the hall of fame on a recent Point Park golf team trip in Florida.

“It was a big surprise,” he said. “We were out to dinner, and our athletic director (Dan Swalga) got up and announced it in front of everybody. It was a great moment.”

Prosser admits he's had a dream of making it into the hall of fame ever since he saw his father, Craig — another basketball standout — inducted into the Robert Morris University Hall of Fame in 1995.

“I remember watching my dad get inducted into the Robert Morris hall of fame when I was a young kid, going to that ceremony, seeing it and aspiring to do that,” Prosser said. “It's something I always hoped I could accomplish.”

That hope becomes a reality in September at the induction banquet at Point Park's Lawrence Hall.

Joining Prosser in the Pioneer Hall of Fame class of 2014 are Seton-La Salle graduate Beth Wertz-Burbach (basketball and softball, 1983-87) and Shaler product Dennis Colamarino (baseball, 1987-89).

Brian Knavish is a freelance writer.

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