WASHINGTON -- It’s been almost two weeks since former Head Coach Mike London announced that he would be leaving D.C. and heading to William & Maryland for a coaching opportunity. After two years at Howard University, London said the move was prompted by “his principles of faith, family and football” according to an article done by the Undefeated.
With recruiting season right around the corner, the search for a replacement did not last long. The Bison’s officially named Ron Prince as the head coach for the 2019 football season.
The Nebraska native and Appalachian State alum holds over 25 years of coaching experience.
His specialty lies in the offensive side of the game. He has held offensive positions at Universities such as Alabama A&M, South Carolina State, James Madison, Cornell, Virginia and Rutgers.
Prince’s head coaching position was in 2006 with Kansas State where he remained for three years. He was the first coach to come in after Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder, who retired after 27 seasons.
With big shoes to fill, Prince exceeded expectations. In his first year as a head coach the team went 7-6 and advanced to the post season to play in the Texas Bowl.
Those seven wins were the school’s first since 2003.
Prince did not stop his coaching experiences at college football. He also has experience in coaching professionally as an assistant head coach, tight ends coach and offensive line coach.
He was the assistant offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Most recently he was the assistant head coach and tight ends coach from 2014-2015 for the Detroit Lions. He later switched to offensive line coach from the 2015-2017 seasons.
After consecutive unsuccessful seasons he was fired by the Detroit Lions in 2017. The Lions were not protecting their quarterback and not rushing the ball well, according to Pride of Detroit.
Prince, being the offensive line coach, took most of the blame and was ultimately let go.
Shortly thereafter, he was picked up by the Michigan Wolverines to be the offensive analyst in 2018. Since adding Prince to their coaching staff the Wolverines went 10-2 this season and second in the Big Ten conference. Without Prince their record was 8-5 last year so it looks like he brought his specialties to this team.
This year the Bison’s went 4-6 this season which was worst then their season in 2017 where they went 7-4 with then freshman Phenom quarterback Caylin Newton. Hopefully Prince can bring his offensive specialties to get the Bison’s back on track and led them to a successful season.