COACHES
Robert Prince
Wide Receivers

Biography

A seasoned veteran when it comes to working with receivers, Robert Prince joined the Lions in 2014 as the team’s wide receivers coach after coaching at the college level for the previous four seasons. He served as the offensive coordinator (2012-13) and wide receivers coach at Boise State (2011) from 2011-13 after spending six years developing offensive talent in the NFL.

A seasoned veteran when it comes to working with receivers, Robert Prince joined the Lions in 2014 as the team’s wide receivers coach after coaching at the college level for the previous four seasons. He served as the offensive coordinator (2012-13) and wide receivers coach at Boise State (2011) from 2011-13 after spending six years developing offensive talent in the NFL.

His previous stops in the NFL include assistant positions with the Seattle Seahawks (2009), Jacksonville Jaguars (2007-08) and Atlanta Falcons (2004-06) as he brings a cumulative 28 years of coaching experience to Detroit.

LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

2016: Under Prince’s tutelage in 2016, three wide receivers contributed to the Lions having five players record 50+ receptions, respectively (WR Golden Tate (91), WR Anquan Boldin (67), TE Eric Ebron (61), WR Marvin Jones Jr. (55) and RB Theo Riddick (53). The Lions became the fifth team in NFL history, and first in franchise history, to feature five different players with at least 50 catches in a season. Other teams to accomplish this include the 1980 Cleveland Browns, 1994 New England Patriots, 2011 New Orleans Saints and 2013 Denver Broncos.

  • Tate caught six passes for 77 yards against Green Bay in Week 17 and finished the season with a team-high 91 catches. By recording 91 receptions in 2016, Tate became the second player in team history to record 90+ receptions in three different seasons. He joined WR Herman Moore (123 in 1995, 106 in 1996 and 104 in 1997) as the only Lions receivers to accomplish this feat and to do so in three consecutive seasons.
  • With six receptions for 205 yards and two touchdowns at Green Bay (9/25), Jones Jr. became the fifth player in Lions history to surpass 200 receiving yards in a game, joining Calvin Johnson (5), Cloyce Box (2), Richard Johnson (1) and Roy Williams (1) in that elite group. Jones recorded the 10th 200-yard receiving game in team history and his 205 yards were the eighth-most by a Lions receiver in a single game.
  • Boldin caught five passes for 33 yards at Dallas (12/26) and moved past WR Reggie Wayne (1,070) for ninth place on the NFL’s all-time career receptions list. Following the 2016 regular season, his career receptions total stands at 1,076.

2015:  Prince’s second year leading Detroit’s receivers combined continued production from WR Calvin Johnson and Tate, as well as growth from second-year WR TJ Jones.

  • Tate’s 90 receptions, Johnson’s 88 and Riddick’s 80 marked the first time in Lions history and just the fifth time in NFL history that a team had three receivers with 80+ catches in the same season.
  • On his second reception against Kansas City in London (11/1), a 17-yard catch, Johnson surpassed 11,000 career receiving yards and reached this mark in his 127th career game. Johnson set a new NFL record for the fewest number of games (127) to reach 11,000 career receiving yards. He is the fourth receiver in NFL history to register 11,000+ receiving yards in his first nine seasons.

2014:  With Johnson reaching 1,077 yards in 2014, he joined Tate (1,331) in the surpassing of 1,000 yards as they became the first pair of Lions receivers to both reach 1,000 in the same season since 2006 (WR Roy Williams, 1,310; WR Mike Furrey, 1,086). This marks only the sixth time in Lions history that two Lions receivers have each reached 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.

  • Johnson earned a spot in his fifth-consecutive Pro Bowl, despite missing three games due to injury, after finishing the 2014 season with 71 receptions for 1,077 yards. Johnson completed his sixth season with 70+ receptions, which set a franchise record for the most seasons with 70+ receptions in team history.
  • Tate was one of the Lions’ top targets in free agency in the offseason, and his impact on Detroit’s offense was evident in his ability to create in open space and move the chains. He finished seventh in the NFL in receiving yards with 1,331 and sixth in receptions with 99 in 2014. It marked the first time in his career he eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards.
  • Tate was also among the League’s best receivers in third-down situations as he finished second in third-down receiving yards (536) and second in third-down receptions (34). His 720 yards after the catch also led all receivers and ranked third among all NFL players.

Prince was a key cog in crafting one of college football’s most potent offensive attacks in recent years while guiding the Boise State receiving corps. In his first year as offensive coordinator in 2012, Prince led the offense to an 11-2 record despite losing seven starters, as five players were named All-Mountain West for the first time in their careers. In 2011, after returning to the university from spending the previous six seasons coaching in the NFL, the Broncos’ offense ranked in the Top-10 in multiple national categories, including pass efficiency (4th, 171.57), scoring (5th, 44.23) and total offense (9th, 481.31).

Prince’s most recent NFL coaching opportunity came in 2009 when he coached the Seattle Seahawks wide receivers after working as the assistant wide receivers coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-08. During the 2007 season, Prince guided Jaguars WR Reggie Williams to a single-season franchise record 10 touchdowns. Prior to Jacksonville, Prince got his NFL start as an offensive assistant with the Atlanta Falcons, where he served under running backs coach Ollie Wilson. Working exclusively with running backs and tight ends his first two seasons, Prince helped Atlanta to lead the League in rushing in both of those years.

Before beginning his first run with Boise State in 2001, Prince was the wide receivers coach at Portland State in 1998 and was later promoted to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 1999 and 2000. His previous coaching stints include the Japanese X-League (1996-97), Fort Lewis (Colo.) College (1994-95) and Sacramento State (1992-93). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at both Montana State in 1991 and Humboldt State (Calif.), his alma mater, in 1989 and 1990.

Prince’s NFL roots trace back to his time serving in three different minority training camp internships with the San Francisco 49ers (2000, 2002) and the San Diego Chargers (2001).

A graduate of Humboldt State in 1990, Prince went on to earn his master’s degree from the university in 1992. He is married to his wife, Susan, and they are the parents of three children – daughters Hayden and Jasmin and son Tyson. Prince was born May 8, 1965.

PRINCE’S COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions................................................................ 2014-

      Wide Receivers....................................................... 2014-

Boise State.................................................................. 2011-13

      Offensive Coordinator............................................. 2012-13

      Wide Receivers....................................................... 2011

Colorado...................................................................... 2010

      Pass Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers................ 2010

Seattle Seahawks........................................................ 2009

      Wide Receivers....................................................... 2009

Jacksonville Jaguars.................................................. 2007-08

      Assistant Wide Receivers........................................ 2007-08

Atlanta Falcons............................................................ 2004-06

      Assistant Quarterbacks........................................... 2006

      Offensive Assistant/Running Backs/Tight Ends...... 2004-05

Boise State.................................................................. 2001-03

      Passing Coordinator............................................... 2003

      Wide Receivers....................................................... 2001-02

Portland State.............................................................. 1998-2000

      Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks...................... 1999-2000

      Wide Receivers........................................................ 1998

Japanese X League..................................................... 1996-97

      Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks....................... 1996-97

Fort Lewis College...................................................... 1994-95

      Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks....................... 1994-95

Sacramento State........................................................ 1992-93

      Wide Receivers....................................................... 1992-93

Montana State.............................................................. 1991

      Graduate Assistant.................................................. 1991

Humboldt State............................................................ 1989-90

      Graduate Assistant.................................................. 1989-90

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