Alexandria, Va. — Georgetown University and Morgan State assistant coach Darryl Prue has been named as the new head coach for the T.C. Williams High School Boys Basketball Team.
Prue, himself a star on the D.C. metro basketball circuit in the 1980s, currently coaches for Team Takeover, one of the best Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) programs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He was introduced as the latest high profile selection for T.C. Williams on Monday evening by renowned Georgetown University coach John Thompson III.
Prue’s appointment is the latest in a series of high profile hires this school year for T.C. Williams, whose athletic program has taken off under the directorship of James L. Parker. The new Director of Athletics and Student Activities is recruiting the big names as part of the development of a vision that further boosts the school division’s reputation as a training ground for top-tier athletes. T.C. Williams aims to expand the number and types of programs and opportunities offered at the high school level and increase funding through public-private partnerships while creating a new vision for extra-curricular activities that is aligned with the Health and Wellness Goal in the ACPS 2020 Strategic Plan.
“My goal is to change the caliber of coaches that we are attracting to train our young athletes and this appointment is the latest in meeting that standard. Darryl Prue is not only one of the great players from the 1980s he is also a fantastic coach who brings skills as well as name recognition to T.C. It will be an incredible experience for any of our young players to be coached by someone of his caliber,” said Director of Athletics and Student Activities James Parker.
Prue was one of the great players that made the D.C. public school leagues so competitive during the 1980s. A two-time First-Team All-Met forward at the highly regarded Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Prue guided Dunbar to a No. 1 national ranking by USA Today in his junior season. He was named a Third-Team All-American by Street and Smith, and as a senior averaged 23 points per game coupled with an incredible 17 rebounds per contest.
Prue was recruited by legendary coach John Thompson, Jr. at Georgetown University, but opted to attend West Virginia State University instead. At West Virginia he was honored as the Co-Rookie of the Year in the Atlantic 10 as a freshman and earned Second-Team All-League honors his sophomore year and First-Team recognition his final two years. Prue was named an Honorable Mention All-American his junior year. He went on to play for 11 years on the international basketball circuit, winning three league championships.
Since his playing days ended, Prue has been still very much involved in the game. He has worked on the staffs at Georgetown University and Morgan State University. He now coaches for Team Takeover, one of the best AAU programs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He has also been a personal trainer for several NBA players, including Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers and Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons.
“Darryl Prue is an excellent pick as boys basketball coach at T.C. Williams. We are delighted to have him as one of our coaches and look forward to more great hires in the future,” said T.C. Williams Principal Peter Balas.
Prue starts in the role this week.