February 18, 2009

Sources: Prince to return to UVa as assistant

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - It has been a tumultuous offseason for the Virginia football program's coaching staff.

Coach Al Groh let three assistants go in December and then lost two more in the last two weeks - defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, who is taking a position at Cincinnati, and veteran assistant Bob Pruett, who opted to retire from coaching.

With two positions to fill, CavsCorner has learned that one of those vacancies will be taken by former UVa assistant Ron Prince.

Sources confirmed with CavsCorner that Prince has agreed to return to Charlottesville, where his role on the staff will be as an associate head coach and special teams coordinator.

Prince was most recently the head coach at Kansas State, but he was fired last fall after compiling a 17-20 record with the Wildcats.

Previously, Prince was on Groh's staff at Virginia from 2001-2005, where he served as the offensive line coach for two seasons and then as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator from 2003-05.

As for the other vacancy that Groh has to fill on his staff, a source close to the situation told CavsCorner that Groh will be looking to a hire a linebackers coach for that vacancy.

The same source told CavsCorner that Groh will be serving as the program's defensive coordinator for the 2009 season.

Also new to the staff for the coming season are offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon and wide receivers coach Latrell Scott, whose hirings were announced in December.

Meanwhile, Chad Wilt, was named defensive line coach earlier this month.


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