Former Lumberjack steps into NFL head coaching role


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By Ray Hamill — For the second time this season, a pair of former Lumberjacks will face off against each other in the NFL.

And this time, one of them will be a head coach.

On Thursday, the Detroit Lions announced that Robert Prince will take over as interim head coach for this weekend’s game against Alex Cappa and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, because Darrell Bevell will not be available due to COVID-19 protocols.

Before embarking on a successful coaching career, Prince played wide receiver for Humboldt State in the late 1980s, as well as lettering in track and field at the school, where he was an all-conference performer.

He got his coaching start as a graduate assistant coach with the HSU team under head coach Mike Dolby in 1989/90.

During his time at HSU, Prince, also set a school record in the 400 meter hurdles, a mark that still stands as the third best ever at the school.

The former Lumberjack has been an assistant coach with the Lions since 2014, coaching the wide receivers.

He has also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons, while coaching at numerous college programs including Sacramento State and Boise State.

The Lions take on the Bucs at 10 a.m. on Saturday in a game that will be televised nationally on FOX.

Cappa, a four-year starter at HSU, is in his third year with the Bucs.

This will be the second time this season that Cappa matches up against another former HSU player/coach, having also played against the Chicago Bears, whose head strength and conditioning coach is former Lumberjack Jason Loscalzo.

Loscalzo played fullback for the Jacks for two seasons in 1996 and 1997, before getting his start as a strength and conditioning coach at the local university, serving as a student assistant coach under Drew Petersen from 1996 to 1999.

Prince was born in Japan before moving to San Bernardino at the age of 7, where he graduated from San Gorgonio High School..

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