Head Men's Basketball Coach
The 2008-09 season will mark Pryor Orser’s eighth year as the head men’s basketball coach at Colorado School of Mines.
The Orediggers compiled a 15-14 overall record (8-11 RMAC) in 2007-08, marking the fourth consecutive winning season for the CSM men's basketball program. Three Orediggers earned recognition on the 2007-08 All-RMAC teams, including Kyle Pape, who was a unanimous First Team All-RMAC East Division selection.
Two seasons ago, in 2006-07, Mines compiled a 14-13 overall record and posted an 8-11 mark in the RMAC. Three Orediggers earned recognition on the All-RMAC teams, including Ian Elseth, Kyle Pape and Franklin Ryk.
In 2005-06, Orser led the Orediggers to a 15-14 overall record (9-10 RMAC). CSM earned the #7 seed in the RMAC Shootout and knocked off second-seeded Fort Lewis. The victory marked CSM's first post-season win since 1996. Two players earned All-RMAC recognition for CSM, and Pape was selected as the RMAC Freshman of the Year. Pape became the fourth Oredigger to earn such recognition (Stephen Bahl, 2001-02; Kevin Wagstaff, 2002-03; Ben Mohr, 2004-05) during Orser's tenure.
Orser led CSM to a 16-12 overall mark (10-9 RMAC) in 2004-05 and an appearance in the RMAC Shootout. During the 2004-05 campaign, CSM registered a 74-71 upset victory over then top-ranked Metro State at Volk Gymnasium. Bahl, who was selected as the North Central Region Player of the Year, garnered First Team All-RMAC, First Team All-North Central Region and Third Team All-American honors. It was the first time in program history that a CSM player had been named All-American. In the spring of 2005, Westword Newspaper named Pryor Orser's Baskeball Camps as the Best Place for Young Hoops Hotshots in its annual Best of Denver issue. Orser's camps have grown each year and have attracted as many as 140 players during a single week.
Orser's 2002-03 team posted an 18-10 overall record (12-7 RMAC) and advanced to the RMAC Shootout for the first time since 1999. The 2002-03 squad established numerous team records, including a 15-2 start, a perfect 7-0 record against the RMAC West Division, a #4 ranking in the North Central Region and an 11-game winning streak. The 2002-03 Orediggers also achieved a #26 national ranking. Four players went on to earn All-RMAC recognition. In his first year at the helm (2001-02), Orser, who arrived on campus just two months prior to the start of the season, led the Orediggers to a 5-21 overall record (3-16 RMAC).
Prior to his arrival in Golden, Orser spent one season as the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Montana.
Orser’s previous coaching experience includes a four-year stint at Northwest College (Wyoming), where he served as the head coach of the women’s program and also as an assistant with the men's team. Also a physical education instructor at Northwest, Orser's women compiled a program-record 22 victories during his fourth and final season, marking a 20-game improvement from his first year at the helm.
In addition to spending two seasons as the assistant men’s basketball coach and the assistant sports information director at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, Orser served for three years as the assistant coach for the Montana State University - Billings men's basketball team.
A graduate of Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Montana, Orser was selected as the Class C State MVP as a senior in 1985. Orser lettered all four years at MSU – Billings, leading the Yellowjackets to a pair of NCAA Division II tournament appearances and a trip to the 1986-87 NCAA Division II Final Four. MSU - Billings won more than 80 games during Orser’s collegiate career. Following his senior season, Orser garnered Honorable Mention All-Conference accolades.
Orser received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration – Finance with minors in Economics and History from Eastern Montana College in 1990 before earning his master's degree in Education from Montana State University - Billings in 1995.