In just three seasons at the helm of the baseball program, Bob Prince has created a winning culture that has restored UMass Dartmouth to its contender status in the strongest conference in Division III. Entering his fifth season, Prince has compiled an overall record of 78-85 (.478), including a recent 20-win season.
Prince was named head coach at UMass Dartmouth in August 2011, succeeding Bob Curran. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Prince is the athletic facilities coordinator.
In 2014, Prince guided the Corsairs to an overall record of 21-22, marking the program’s most successful season in terms of victories since 2005. UMass Dartmouth won five of its final seven conference contests to post an 8-6 mark and earn the No. 3 seed in the annual Little East Conference Baseball Championship tournament. Prince led his charges to victories over intrastate rival UMass Boston and Southern Maine before suffering one-run losses to two nationally-ranked clubs (Eastern Connecticut, Southern Maine) to close the 2014 campaign.
In just his second season, Prince brought the Corsairs to the cusp of an NCAA Division III tournament appearance. Seeded fifth in the conference tournament, UMass Dartmouth rebounded from a first round loss with three consecutive wins—knocking out Western Connecticut, UMass Boston, and Eastern Connecticut—to advance to the 2013 Little East Conference Baseball Championship Game. The Corsairs gave top-seeded Southern Maine all they could handle, but their upset bid was eventually thwarted. UMass Dartmouth finished the 2013 season with an overall record of 18-23, a four-win improvement from 2012.
A tremendous motivator and recruiter, Prince has mentored eight all-conference honorees. Ryan Medeiros became the second student-athlete in program history to be voted as the Little East Conference Player of the Year, joining Pat Schultz (1998). Highly decorated, UMass Dartmouth captured six All-Little East Conference selections in 2014, the second most in program history since the conference was established in 1997. George Agostini and Mederios also garnered All-New England, first-team honors from D3Baseball.com and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA).
Prince has developed a highly desirable culture that has attracted high-end talent. Nick Fuller ’14 signed a professional contract with the Miami Marlins this past summer. He was the fourth UMass Dartmouth player to ink a professional deal and first since former All-American John Graham (Boston Red Sox, 1993). Fuller and Medeiros represented the Corsairs in the Cape Cod Baseball League, while Shawn Callahan signed a deal to play in the 2015 Alaska Baseball League for the Mat-su Minors.
Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, Prince served as an assistant coach at Southern Maine since 2004. He helped the Huskies compile an overall record of 231-122-2, three NCAA Division III tournament appearances, two Little East Conference regular-season titles, and three 30-win seasons.
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.
A native of Wells, Maine, Prince was a three-time American Baseball Coaches Association All-American as an outfielder at Southern Maine, helping lead the Huskies 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.
A 1992 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Prince holds a bachelor’s degree in communications.