Lions hire Robert Prince as wide receivers coach

Posted Jan 25, 2014

Prince was the offensive coordinator at Boise State the last two seasons and has NFL experience coaching wide receivers

Jim Caldwell has dipped into the college ranks to find another coach for his staff.

Robert PrinceRobert Prince (Photo: AP Images)

The new Detroit Lions head coach has hired Robert Prince as his new wide receivers coach.

Prince was entering his sixth season as a member of the Boise State football coaching staff, and his third since returning to the program following a stint in the NFL.

Prince was entering his second year as the team's offensive coordinator.

Before returning to Boise State, Prince spent several years in the NFL. He was an offensive assistant with the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-06, and he helped coach running backs and tight ends.

In 2007, the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Prince as an assistant wide receivers coach, where he spent two seasons in that role. In 2009, he joined the Seattle Seahawks staff to be their wide receivers coach.

He returned to the college game in 2010 as Colorado’s passing game coordinator before rejoining Boise State’s staff in 2011.

Prince inherits the best wide receiver in the NFL in Calvin Johnson, but also a position the Lions expect to add to this offseason.

Caldwell was asked about Johnson and the what kind of receivers coach the team was looking for down at the Senior Bowl.

“The good thing about it is he always wants to get better,” Caldwell said of Johnson.

“He’s a worker, and I think when a guy has that kind of attitude, he’ll find a way. Getting better in this league, sometimes it’s only (a little amount), which makes a huge difference. He’s a great, great player, but the great ones are the ones that are actually looking for that edge and he’s one of the individuals. I think that we’ll be able to make cetrain we have a guy in place that will certainly help him achieve his goals.”

Caldwell believes Prince is that coach.