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 29 years of coaching experience to Detroit.

LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

2017: With WR Golden Tate (1,003) and WR Marvin Jones Jr. (1,101) both finishing with 1,000 receiving yards in 2017, it marked the seventh time in team history, and first since 2014, that two receivers both reached 1,000 yards in a season. Detroit was the only team in the NFL to feature two wide receivers with 1,000 receiving yards.

  • Tate finished the season with 92 receptions. Having registered 90+ catches in his three previous seasons with the Lions, Tate became the first player in team history and the seventh player in NFL history to record 90+ receptions in four consecutive seasons. Tate has now accumulated reception totals of 99 in 2014, 90 in 2015, 91 in 2016 and 92 in 2017.
  • Jones Jr. finished the 2017 season tied for fourth in the NFL in receiving touchdowns with nine. He accounted for some of the best numbers of his career this season, including a career-high 1,101 yards, in addition to 15 receptions of 25+ yards (T-3rd in NFL) and 20 receptions of 20+ yards (T-5th in NFL).
  • Rookie WR Kenny Golladay also displayed an ability to stretch the field for the Lions offense in 2017. His five receptions of 30+- yards ranked third among all rookie players and second among Lions rookies since 2000.

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.

  • 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.

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

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, Prince’s 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 previous 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

      Pass Game 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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