COACHES
Ron Prince
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line

Biography

Ron Prince joined the Lions in 2014 as assistant head coach/tight ends and took over the team’s offensive line unit midway through the 2015 season. Serving also as the team’s assistant head coach, Prince has been a key voice on a Lions offense that has guided Detroit to two postseason berths since Jim Caldwell arrived in 2014.

Ron Prince joined the Lions in 2014 as assistant head coach/tight ends and took over the team’s offensive line unit midway through the 2015 season. Serving also as the team’s assistant head coach, Prince has been a key voice on a Lions offense that has guided Detroit to two postseason berths since Jim Caldwell arrived in 2014.

Prince came to Detroit from Rutgers, where he served as the offensive coordinator in 2013. Now in his fourth season in Detroit, Prince possesses 25 years of coaching experience, including seven in the NFL. He has previously held assistant offensive line positions with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012) and Indianapolis Colts (2010-11), and has been a head coach (Kansas State) and offensive coordinator (Virginia, Rutgers) during his 19 years at the collegiate level.

LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

2016: Detroit’s offensive line helped block for a Lions offense that set a new NFL record for the most wins in a season after trailing in the fourth quarter, surpassing the previous total of seven set by the 2009 Indianapolis Colts (also coached by Jim Caldwell).

  • As the team’s first-round (16th overall) selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, rookie T Taylor Decker started all 16 games at left tackle for the Lions in 2016. Decker became the first Lions rookie offensive tackle to start all 16 games in a season since T Jeff Backus in 2001. Decker became the third rookie offensive lineman, joining Backus and G Larry Warford (2013), to start all 16 games since 2000.
  • The Lions also saw production and versatility from 2016 third-round pick G/C Graham Glasgow, who played in 15 games with 11 starts, including seven starts at left guard and four at center.
  • In 2016, the Lions scored on 64 of the team's 156 offensive possessions (41.0 percent), which ranked seventh in the NFL.

2015: Prince took over the Lions’ offensive line unit midway through the season after beginning the 2015 slate as the team’s tight ends coach, helping Detroit’s offensive front protect QB Matthew Stafford as the Lions’ offense soared to new heights in the final eight games of the season.

  • The Lions’ offense flourished in the final eight weeks of the season, ranking seventh in points per game (26.1) and tied for fifth in total touchdowns (24) during that span. QB Matthew Stafford also accumulated the highest passer rating (110.1) over eight games by a Lions quarterback as he surpassed the 106.7 rating registered by QB Greg Landry over an eight-game span in 1976.  He also set the franchise’s eight-game record for completion percentage (70.0 pct) by surpassing the 68.9 completion percentage tallied by QB Jon Kitna over eight games in 2006-07.
  • Detroit’s offensive line paved the way for five straight games with 100+ yards rushing in the second half of the 2015 season under Prince (Weeks 11-15).

2014: Before taking over as offensive line coach, Prince helped develop TE Eric Ebron into a true threat on offense, as Ebron totaled 20 receptions for 268 yards and three touchdowns in the first seven games of the 2015 season. Ebron finished the year with career highs in receptions (47), receiving yards (537) and touchdowns (five).

In 2013, Prince led Rutgers to the Pinstripe Bowl and saw two of his players, TE Tyler Kroft and RB Paul James, earn All-American Athletic Conference honors in 2013.

Prince worked as an assistant offensive line coach in the NFL from 2010-12 with the Jaguars and Colts. In 2010, he helped Indianapolis’ offensive line pave the way for more than 5,000 yards of total offense for the 13th-consecutive season en route to the team’s second-straight AFC South division championship. His unit also finished tied atop the NFL in sacks allowed with 16 on 695 pass attempts as the Colts’ offense ranked fourth in total offense and first in passing offense. Prince also guided C Jeff Saturday to a fifth Pro Bowl selection that season, and the offensive line unit protected QB Peyton Manning as he set an NFL single-season record with 450 pass completions.

Before jumping to the NFL ranks, Prince served various positions at Kansas State (2006-08) and Virginia (2001-05, 2009), respectively. Before returning to Virginia in 2009 to coach special teams, Prince was the head coach at Kansas State where he led the Wildcats to 17 wins, the most by any head coach in his first three seasons in school history. In 2003, he was promoted from offensive line coach to offensive coordinator at Virginia as he commandeered the Cavaliers’ offense to four consecutive bowl games from 2002-05. During Prince’s time at Virginia, 11 players earned All-ACC honors, including the conference’s 2002 Player of the Year, QB Matt Schaub. Among the NFL talent Prince helped develop at both programs include T D’Brickashaw Ferguson, QB Josh Freeman, TE Heath Miller, WR Jordy Nelson, T Eugene Monroe, T Brandon Albert and G Elton Brown.

A native of Junction City, Kan., and former offensive lineman at Dodge City Community College (1988-89), Prince began his coaching career at the school as a volunteer in 1992 before earning his first coaching job at Alabama A&M as offensive line coach in 1993. His previous collegiate coaching stops include offensive line positions at South Carolina State (1994), James Madison (1995-97) and Cornell (1998-2000). He also served minority coaching internships with the Jaguars (1996), Washington Redskins (1997), Atlanta Falcons (1998) and New York Giants (2000).

Prince played collegiately for two seasons at Appalachian State from 1990-91, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1992, after beginning his playing career at Dodge City. He has four children, Deuce, James, Grace and John.

 

PRINCE’S COACHING BACKGROUND

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

      Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line............................ 2015-

      Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends.................................. 2014

Rutgers................................................................................ 2013

      Offensive Coordinator..................................................... 2013

Jacksonville Jaguars......................................................... 2012

      Assistant Offensive Line................................................. 2012

Indianapolis Colts............................................................... 2010-11

      Assistant Offensive Line................................................. 2010-11

Virginia................................................................................ 2009

      Special Teams................................................................ 2009

Kansas State....................................................................... 2006-08

      Head Coach................................................................... 2006-08

Virginia................................................................................ 2001-05

      Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line............................. 2003-05

      Offensive Line................................................................ 2001-02

Cornell................................................................................. 1998-2000

      Running Game/Offensive Line...................................... 1999-2000

      Offensive Line............................................................... 1998

James Madison.................................................................. 1995-97

      Offensive Line................................................................ 1995-97

South Carolina State.......................................................... 1994

      Offensive Line................................................................ 1994

Alabama A&M..................................................................... 1993

      Offensive Line................................................................ 1993

Dodge City Community College........................................ 1992

      Volunteer........................................................................ 1992

Recent Videos

  • OL film breakdown with coach Ron Prince

    Posted Nov 10, 2016

    Tori Petry sits down with offensive line coach Ron Prince to break down a few key plays and talk about how his group is performing so far this year.

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