Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Rutgers hires Prince as OC, Cohen as DC
By Andrea Adelson
Rutgers hired former Kansas State coach Ron Prince as offensive coordinator and promoted assistant Dave Cohen to defensive coordinator, the school announced Tuesday.
Prince spent the past three seasons in the NFL, working as assistant offensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012) and Indianapolis Colts (2010-2011). He was Kansas State coach from 2006-08, going 17-20 before being fired as the Wildcats regressed under his watch. The last time he served as offensive coordinator was at Virginia from 2003-05. His 2004 team led the ACC in rushing and total offense.
Prince replaces Dave Brock, who left after one season to become head coach at Delaware. Rutgers is in major need of an offensive upgrade after its unit struggled to gain any consistency last season, ranking No. 104 in the nation in total offense.
Cohen spent last season as Rutgers linebackers coach, helping Khaseem Greene win Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors. Before joining Rutgers, he spent two seasons as defensive coordinator at Western Michigan. He also previously served as head coach at Hofstra from 2006-09. Cohen replaces Robb Smith, who spent one season as defensive coordinator before leaving for the Tampa Bay Bucs.
His task is different from Prince's -- he must maintain a defensive group that has been among the best in the Big East the past two seasons.
Rutgers also announced running backs coach Norries Wilson has added the title of assistant head coach and Anthony Campanile has been promoted to full-time offensive assistant.