Prince Named Assistant Baseball Coach

Bryan Prince will serve as the Hoosiers hitting coach and work with the team's catchers.

Bryan Prince will serve as the Hoosiers hitting coach and work with the team's catchers.

July 6, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Bryan Prince, who spent the 2006 season as a volunteer coach with Georgia Tech, has been named an assistant baseball coach at Indiana, head coach Tracy Smith announced on July 5. Prince will serve as the Hoosiers hitting coach and work with the team's catchers.

"Bryan fit the profile of exactly what we were looking for," Smith said. "He has a strong ability to coach hitters, and he possesses a catching background. I think the fact that he has been successful at every level of baseball is a huge asset. He played on championship teams in college, was an all-star in professional baseball and coached at a school that just reached the College World Series. I could not be happier that Bryan and his wife, Tracy, are joining our program."

Prince, who worked with the hitters and catchers at Tech, arrives in Bloomington after helping the Yellow Jackets advance to the program's third College World Series last season. Georgia Tech closed out the campaign ranked in the top 10 with a 50-18 overall record while playing in what was widely regarded as the nation's toughest conference - the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Under Prince's tutelage, sophomore catcher Matt Wieters was selected as a first team All-American by Baseball America. Wieters produced a .355 batting average with team highs in home runs (15), RBI (71), hits (92), doubles (20) and on-base percentage (.480). He also finished second on the club with 72 runs and a .606 slugging percentage.

The Yellow Jackets finished 18th nationally with a .318 team average, ninth nationally with 90 home runs and third nationally averaging nearly nine runs per ballgame.

Prince joined the Tech coaching staff after a four-year career in professional baseball in the Cincinnati Reds organization. A four-year letterwinner for current Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall from 1998-2001, the Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., native helped the Yellow Jackets win the 2000 ACC regular season and tournament championships as well as the NCAA Atlanta Regional title.

A four-year starter behind the plate, Prince's name can be found throughout the Yellow Jackets' record book. He ranks seventh in school history in hits (278), fifth in RBI (216), eighth in doubles (53), eighth in at-bats (788) and 15th in total bases (403). Additionally, Prince ranks 17th in ACC history in career RBI.

Prince was a first team All-ACC selection in 2000 and 2001, joining Jason Varitek as the only catchers in Georgia Tech history to earn first team All-ACC honors in consecutive seasons. He was named MVP of the 2000 NCAA Atlanta Regional and was elected as Tech's team MVP following that season. Prince also was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top catcher in both 2000 and 2001.

With a career batting average of .353, Prince still ranks among the school's all-time top 20 in batting. He hit .387 with 77 RBI as a junior in 2000 and batted .349 with 63 RBI as a senior in 2001, helping the Yellow Jackets establish the top-two team batting averages in school history (.347 in 2001, .342 in 2000).

A 10th-round selection of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, Prince played with Class A Billings of the Pioneer League in the summer of 2001, where he was voted to the league's All-Star Game. He played with Class A Dayton in 2002 and was elected to the Midwest League All-Star Game. Prince played with Class A Potomac of the Carolina League in 2003 and 2004 before retiring from professional baseball.

Prince earned a bachelor's degree in management from Georgia Tech in 2005. He is married to the former Tracy Carter.

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