Ron Prince is in his first season as offensive coordinator for the Scarlet Knights. Prince worked as assistant offensive line coach last season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, holding the same title with the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 and 2011. In winning the AFC South in 2010, Prince assisted with a line that helped the team gain over 5,000-plus net yards. The offensive line tied for the NFL-low with 16 sacks in 695 pass attempts.
He last served as an offensive coordinator at Virginia from 2003-05 after working as the offensive line coach in Charlottesville for the two seasons prior. During Prince’s time at UVA, 11 Cavaliers earned All-ACC honors, including the league’s 2002 Player of the Year, Matt Schaub, and first-team All-Americans Elton Brown, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Heath Miller. Overall, he helped develop nine offensive players into NFL draft selections. UVA won 37 games during that stretch and appeared in four bowl games, with the 2004 squad leading the ACC in rushing and total offense.
Prince was then hired for his first head coaching job at Kansas State for the 2006 season. He became the first coach in Wildcats’ history to lead his team to a bowl game in year one and also recorded the second-most wins, 12, by a coach in school history after the first two years on the job. He saw 19 of his players earn All-Big 12 honors over three years, directed Kansas State to its first-ever road win over a top-10 team (41-21 at Texas in 2007) and coached the team’s first-ever offensive consensus All-American (WR Jordy Nelson). He had players earn Academic Big 12 honors 21 times over three seasons.
During his time in Manhattan, Prince helped develop quarterback Josh Freeman into a first-round NFL draft pick with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Freeman was the first K-State quarterback selected in the first round of the NFL draft and just the fifth Wildcat overall to be a first round pick. He left as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards (8,078), touchdown passes (44) and completions in just three years before entering the NFL Draft.
Every starting quarterback Prince has had as an offensive coordinator or head coach has made it to the NFL (Matt Schaub, Marques Hagans, Josh Freeman). In addition, in nine years between Kansas State and Virginia, Prince has been part of three teams that totaled more than 5,000 yards of total offense in a single-season.
Prince began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Dodge City Community College in 1992 and also spent time as an assistant at Alabama A&M (1993), South Carolina State (1994), James Madison (1995-97) and Cornell (1998-2000). He served minority-coaching internships with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1996 under head coach Tom Coughlin), Washington Redskins (1997), Atlanta Falcons (1998) and the New York Giants (2000).
Born in Omaha, Neb., Prince, 43, played collegiately at Dodge City Community College (1988-89) and Appalachian State (1990-91). He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Appalachian State in 1992.
The Prince File
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Alma Mater: Appalachian State, 1992
2013 – Rutgers (offensive coordinator)
2012 – Jacksonville Jaguars (assistant offensive line)
2010-11 – Indianapolis Colts (assistant offensive line)
2009 – Virginia (special teams coordinator)
2006-08 – Kansas State (head coach)
2003-05 – Virginia (offensive coordinator)
2001-02 – Virginia (offensive line)
1998-00 – Cornell (offensive line)
1995-97 – James Madison (offensive line)
1994 – South Carolina State (offensive line)
1993 – Alabama A&M (offensive line)
1992 – Dodge City CC (volunteer)
Played offensive line at Dodge City Community College (1988-89) before transferring to Appalachian State (199-91).