PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 19, 2013) – Ron Prince (offensive) and Dave Cohen (defensive) have each been named coordinators at Rutgers, head coach Kyle Flood announced Tuesday. Prince spent the last three seasons in the National Football League, while Cohen is promoted after being the linebacker coach for the Scarlet Knights in 2012. Both have head coaching experience. Flood also announced that Norries Wilson has gained the title of assistant head coach and Anthony Campanile has been promoted to a full-time offensive assistant.
RON PRINCE (OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR)
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.
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.
Prince’s Coaching Career
1992 Dodge City CC Volunteer
1993 Alabama A&M Offensive Line
1994 South Carolina State Offensive Line
1995-97 James Madison Offensive Line
1998-2000 Cornell Offensive Line
2001-02 Virginia Offensive Line
2003-05 Virginia Offensive Coordinator
2006-08 Kansas State Head Coach
2009 Virginia Special Teams Coordinator
2010-11 Indianapolis Colts Assistant Offensive Line
2012 Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Offensive Line
2013-present Rutgers Offensive Coordinator
DAVE COHEN (DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/LINEBACKERS)
In his first season at Rutgers, Cohen helped coach one of the best defensive units in the country. The Scarlet Knights finished fourth in the nation in scoring defense (14.15 points allowed/game), tied for ninth in turnovers gained (32) and 10th in total defense (311.62 yards allowed/game). Linebacker Khaseem Greene earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and All-America status after recording 125 tackles and six forced fumbles on the year.
Prior to RU, Cohen spent two successful seasons as the defensive coordinator at Western Michigan. In 2011, his unit was 10th nationally in turnovers gained (31), sixth in red zone defense and first in the nation in fourth down defense. Three players earned All-MAC honors, with Drew Nowak being named an All-American.
Cohen was the head coach at Hofstra from 2006-09 before the university decided to drop the program. In 2007, the Pride recorded the second-most improved record in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), going from 2-9 in 2006 to 7-4. For his efforts, Cohen was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which is presented annually to the top FCS coach in the country. The defensive unit ranked second in the CAA in total defense, allowing just 312 yards per game.
Cohen served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Delaware from 2002-05, coaching on the same staff as Flood. The Blue Hens won the 2003 National Championship at the FCS level, posting the first shutout in championship game history with a 40-0 win over previously unbeaten Colgate.
Born in Huntington, N.Y., Cohen was a three-time league champion, all-county and All-Long Island selection at Commack North High School. A 1988 business management graduate of Long Island University-C.W. Post, Cohen earned his master's degree in education administration from SUNY-Albany in 1990. While at C.W. Post, he was a two-year starter at defensive tackle and earned CoSIDA Academic All-Region honors as a senior.
Following his first stint at Delaware (1994-98), Cohen moved on to Fordham University, where he served three seasons (1999-2001) as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, including the last two seasons as associate head coach. He began his coaching career as linebackers coach and strength coach at Albany in 1988-09 before moving on to Lafayette College, where he served four seasons from 1990-93 as linebackers and defensive line coach.
Cohen, 46, and his wife Denise have two sons: Charlie and Brian.
Cohen’s Coaching Career
1988-90 Albany Linebackers/Strength
1990-93 Lafayette Defensive Line/Linebackers
1994-98 Delaware Defensive Line/Linebackers
1999 Fordham Defensive Coordinator
2000-01 Fordham Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
2002-05 Delaware Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2006-09 Hofstra Head Coach
2009-11 Western Michigan Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2012 Rutgers Linebackers
2013 Rutgers Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
NORRIES WILSON (ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/RUNNING BACKS)
Wilson earns a promotion to assistant head coach under Flood. Hired as the running backs coach in March 2012, he was the head coach at Columbia from 2006-11. Wilson’s student-athletes earned 33 All-Ivy League honors, including two Rookie of the Years and 12 first team selections. He was at Connecticut prior (1999-2005), working with the offensive line for three seasons before being promoted to offensive coordinator. Wilson was a captain and two-year starter at Minnesota.
ANTHONY CAMPANILE (OFFENSIVE ASSISTANT)
Campanile moves up the ladder after joining the staff in the summer of 2012 as a defensive assistant. The former Scarlet Knight safety and linebacker (2001-04) previously was the offensive coordinator at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., leading the Ironmen to NJSIAA Group IV State Championships in 2010 and 2011. He earned a degree in History from RU in 2007.