Half a decade after being dumped as a head coach and four years after wandering to the pro ranks, a Prince has returned to the collegiate game.
In a press release, Rutgers confirmed speculation that had been growing in recent weeks by naming Ron Prince as Kyle Flood‘s offensive coordinator. Prince will replace Dave Brock, who was named head coach at Delaware last month.
Prince had spent the past three years at the NFL level, serving as an assistant offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts (2010-11) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2012). Prior to that, however, Prince’s coaching experience was strictly at the collegiate level.
Most notably, Prince was Kansas State’s head coach from 2006-08. After compiling a 17-20 mark, Prince was fired in November of 2008 and spent a year as special teams coordinator at Virginia the following season.
The Scarlet Knights job will be Prince’s first as a coordinator since spending five years at Virginia (2001-05). In fact, that was the only time during his coaching career he’s held the title of coordinator.
In addition to Prince’s hiring, Flood announced that Dave Cohen has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Cohen, who last season oversaw linebackers, takes the place of Robb Smith. Smith left the RU coordinator job for a spot on Greg Schiano‘s Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff.