Press Conference set to Announce Ron Prince

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will introduce Ron Prince as its 33rd head football coach at a news conference in the Vanier Football Complex on Monday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m., Athletics Director Tim Weiser announced Sunday night.

Prince, 36, a native of nearby Junction City, Kan., is regarded as one of the nation's top young offensive coaching talents. He has spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia, including the past three as the Cavaliers' offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

"The most important thing for Kansas State was to find the right fit," Weiser said. "And though that could be defined in a lot of different ways we believe that included someone who had familiarity with Kansas State football, the state of Kansas and the unique culture and tradition of the University. In our minds, Coach Prince clearly meets all of those criteria, among many others, and we are extremely excited to be announcing him as our head football coach tomorrow."

A 1988 graduate of Junction City High School, Prince played two seasons at Dodge City Community College, receiving All-Conference honors as an offensive tackle on the field and Academic all-America and National Dean's List accolades for his performance in the classroom.

In 1992, Prince transferred to Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. He played two seasons for the Mountaineers and helped ASU to a berth in the NCAA I-AA playoffs as a senior in 1991 before earning a bachelor's degree in history from the institution in 1992.

Prince received his start in coaching shortly after graduation, returning to the state of Kansas in 1992 to serve as an assistant coach working with offensive tackles and tight ends at Dodge City.

After just one season, Prince received his first offer to coach at a four-year institution and accepted the offensive line coaching job at Alabama A&M. Stops at South Carolina State (1994), James Madison (1995-1997) and Cornell (1998-2000) followed before Prince was tapped to coach the offensive line, and later the entire offense, on Al Groh's staff at Virginia.

He joined Al Groh's staff as the Cavalier's offensive line coach in January of 2001 and was promoted to offensive coordinator/offensive line coach in February of 2003.

In addition to his duties on the collegiate level, Prince has also served NFL Minority Fellowships with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1996), Washington Redskins (1997), Atlanta Falcons (1999) and New York Giants (2000).

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