Prince has 20 years of coaching experience, including 18 at the collegiate level. Prince, 42, may be fresh coaching on the NFL level. However, Prince’s ability to recognize and develop talent has been established years ago.
Prince served three seasons as head coach at Kansas State from 2006-08, where he had 19 players earn all-conference honors. Prince’s tenure included the school’s first-ever consensus All-America selection in wide receiver Jordy Nelson, now with the Green Bay Packers, and he recruited and signed record-setting quarterback Josh Freeman, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Prince spent six seasons on the coaching staff at the University of Virginia (2001-05, 2009). He began his stint with the Cavaliers as offensive line coach in 2001, and had the duties of offensive coordinator added in 2003. During Prince’s time at Virginia, 11 Cavaliers earned All-ACC honors, including the league’s 2002 Player of the Year, quarterback Matt Schaub, now with the Houston Texans, and first-team All-Americans guard Elton Brown, offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, now with the New York Jets, and tight end Heath Miller, now as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Overall, Prince helped develop nine offensive players into NFL draft selections.
With the right foundation Mularkey has laid, the Jaguars are a step ahead at being a solid contender in the AFC South.