“Coach Prince is a good fit for our coaching staff and program,” Creighton said. “He cares about the people he coaches and he has both the ability and experience to make them better. He was recruited at a high level has recruited at the Division I level, and has experienced recruiting from the high school coaches perspective. He will make us better.”
Prince has college coaching experience at the University of Missouri, Drake University, Missouri State University, and Pittsburg State University. During his playing career as a defensive back for Missouri, he was a part of multiple Big 12 Conference North Division championship teams and several bowls. He started his collegiate playing career at the University of Notre Dame.
“I am extremely excited to work with Coach Creighton, staff and this talented group of EMU corners,” Prince added “I cannot wait to infuse this group with enthusiasm, energy and a hunger to compete for championships.”
Prince, who served as Webster Groves’ interim coach for a portion of the 2021 season, was also the school’s assistant athletic director. He had been an assistant football coach since 2020.
Before joining the high school ranks, he briefly spent time at NCAA Division II member, Pittsburg State University.
Prince worked for five seasons (2015-19) at Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) member, Missouri State. Working first as the running backs coach, he shifted to cornerbacks coach beginning with the 2018 season.
In 2018, Prince mentored a veteran group of corners that accounted for 128 tackles on the season. The trio of Darius Joseph, Matt Rush, and Zack Sander combined to make all 22 starts at the two cornerback positions for the Bears.
Before shifting to defense, Prince helped develop a balanced and versatile stable of running backs that combined for over 4,000 yards of total offense the last three seasons. Most notably, Jason Randall and Calan Crowder teamed up to run for 2,255 yards and 19 touchdowns. In 2017, the Bears ranked third among all MVFC teams in team rushing per game (185.1 ypg) during league play.
In his first campaign with the Bears, Prince oversaw a running back group that included three different regulars who totaled more than 300 ground yards for the 2015 season. Randall posted a pair of 77-yard games, while Crowder registered a Bears’ season-high 164-yard day against Chadron State.
Prince arrived in Springfield, Mo. after a brief stint as an assistant coach at Drake University, where he coached the Bulldogs’ tight ends. Previously, he worked as an account executive for Drake IMG Sports Marketing for one year before joining the DU coaching staff.
Prince earned two degrees from Missouri, finishing his bachelor’s degree in business management in 2010, before completing an MBA program in 2012 while assisting Head Coach Gary Pinkel’s coaching staff as an offensive graduate assistant.
As a player, Prince was a part of two Big 12 North Division championship teams and three bowl squads (Alamo Bowl – 2008; Texas Bowl – 2009) during his own playing career as a defensive back for the Tigers.
A St. Louis native, Prince began his collegiate career at Notre Dame, playing in 20 total games as a running back and defensive back during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Prince and his wife, Alison, are expecting their first child in July.