Coaches

Ron Prince
Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends

Biography

Ron Prince joins the Lions in 2013 as assistant head coach/tight ends after serving as the Rutgers offensive coordinator in 2012. Prince possesses 22 years of coaching experience, including three 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.

Last season, 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). 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 and WR Jordy Nelson.

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).

After spending two seasons at Dodge City, Prince finished his collegiate playing career at Appalachian State from 1990-91, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1992.

Prince was born September 18, 1969. He has four children, Deuce, James, Grace and John.

COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions 2014-present

  • Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends 2014-present

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 2003-05
  • Offensive Line 2001-02

Cornell 1998-2000

  • Offensive Line 1998-2000

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

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