An eight-year veteran of the coaching staff of one of the top NCAA Division III baseball programs in the nation has been named head baseball coach at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Bob Prince, who has been an assistant coach at Southern Maine since 2003, will succeed Bob Curran, who resigned after the conclusion of the 2011 season.
Prince has helped the Huskies advance to the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships three times during his tenure. USM won the LEC regular season championship in 2009, and tied for the regular season title in 2006.
At Southern Maine, Prince was responsible for providing coaching and administrative assistance to Head Coach Ed Flaherty, who has led the Huskies to 770 wins, 19 post-season appearances and four spots in the NCAA Division III World Series in 26 seasons as head coach. Prince served as Southern Maine's hitting coach, and oversaw the Huskies' offense for a team that regularly appears in the national rankings.
A native of Wells, ME, and a 1992 graduate of Southern Maine, where he earned a bachelor's degree in communications, Prince was a three-time American Baseball Coaches Association All-American as an outfielder, and helped lead USM to three appearances in the College World Series and their first national championship in 1991. A four-time member of the All-New England, All-Northeast and All-Eastern College Athletic Conference teams, Prince was named ECAC Division III Northeast Player of the Year in 1991, and played a year of professional baseball in Holland after his graduation. He holds records for the most doubles (63) and highest career batting average (.414) at Southern Maine, was named to the USM and State of Maine Halls of Fame, and was selected as one of the Sports Illustrated top 50 Athletes of the Century from Maine. He also served as the Huskies' equipment manager and intramural director.
Before joining the staff at Southern Maine, Prince served as an assistant at St. Joseph's (Maine) from 2000 to 2003, working with another nationally-ranked NCAA Division III program. He also was an assistant coach with the Sanford Mainers of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, one of the top collegiate leagues in the country, from 2000 through 2002. Prior to his collegiate coaching career, Prince served as the head coach at Wells High School and Traip Academy High School, and as head coach of the Southern York Breakers American Legion team.
"I am very excited to have Bob Prince as part of the Corsair family," said UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day. "As a player and as a coach, Bob has achieved success, and I am confident he will achieve that same level of success at UMass Dartmouth."
"It is an honor for me to join the UMass Dartmouth athletic family as the head baseball coach," said Prince. "I'm excited and thankful for the opportunity that UMass Dartmouth has given me and my family, and I'm looking forward to carrying on the rich tradition of Corsair baseball under (former Head) Coach (Bruce) Wheeler and Coach Curran."