Robert Prince is in his first year as the passing game coordinator and receivers coach, joining Dan Hawkins' CU staff on February 12, 2010. He actually replaces Hawkins as the receivers coach; Hawkins coached the position for the 2009 season, one of just seven Division I (FBS) head coaches to do so.
Prince, 45, has been reunited with Hawkins, as he served in the same capacity for him at Boise State for the 2001-03 seasons. He coached the receivers all three years and assumed the passing coordinator role for his last season there before moving on to the NFL.
Prior to returning to the college ranks, Prince spent the six seasons as an assistant coach in the National Football League. He came to Colorado from the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, where he coached the wide receivers in 2009 under coach Jim Mora, Jr., who was unfortunately let go after just one season with his entire staff. Previously, he spent two years as the assistant wide receivers coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He first broke into the professional coaching ranks with the Atlanta Falcons, where he spent three seasons (2004-06), the first two as an offensive assistant and the last as assistant quarterbacks coach. He earned his shot at the NFL after serving as a coaching intern through Bill Walsh's NFL Minority Coaching Program with San Francisco (2000 and 2002) and San Diego (2001), a program that enabled aspiring coaching candidates to learn the inner workings of the NFL in the summer while still serving as an assistant in the collegiate ranks, where Prince spent 15 seasons before ascending to the pros.
He got his start at his alma mater, Humboldt State, as a graduate assistant for the 1989-90 seasons. He then moved on to Montana State (1991), Sacramento State (1992-93) and then to Fort Lewis (1994-95), his first stop in Colorado. Prince's next stop took him halfway around the world, as he coached with the Tokyo-based Recruit Seagulls of the Japanese American Football League (1996-97). He returned to the states for three seasons at Portland State (1998-2000) before joining Hawkins at Boise State.
He earned both his bachelor's degree in Mathematics (1990) and his master's in Physical Education (1992) from Humboldt State, where he lettered in football at receiver and was an all-conference performer in track.
Though born in Okinawa, Japan, where he lived until he was 7, he considers himself a native of San Bernardino, Calif. He graduated from San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino, where he lettered in football and track. He is married to the former Susan Gentle; they are the parents of three, daughters Hayden (15) and Jasmin (10) and son Tyson (13).
TOP PLAYERS COACHED-All-WAC Performers (3): Tim Gilligan, Jay Swillie, Billy Wingfield.
RECORD-He has coached in 39 Division I-A games as a full-time coach, owning a record of 33-6 (all at Boise State); he has coached in two bowl games. Professionally, he coached in 100 National Football League games, including four playoff games, with three different teams (Atlanta, Jacksonville, Seattle).