William Prince

Athletic Director and Coach,
Baseball, Cross Country and Golf 1967-1993

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William Prince

William Prince was one of the founding members of Waubonsee Community College's athletic program. He was Waubonsee's first athletic director, baseball coach, physical education instructor and Physical Education department chairman, simultaneously holding all those positions beginning in 1967.

Prince relinquished the athletic director's position in 1974 and gave up the baseball coaching role in 1977. However, Prince still got his swings in as he took over the reigns of the golf team for the next six years. In addition, he coached the cross country team in 1972 and 1973.

Over the years, Prince led Waubonsee to two Skyway Conference baseball titles, and two of his golf teams also carded Skyway Conference crowns. Prince's 1973 baseball team finished fifth in the Region IV when all of the Illinois community colleges were in one division. His 1974 baseball team was the first athletic team at Waubonsee to be nationally ranked. Prince's 1975 baseball team then went on to reach the Region IV Championship game, finishing second.

Off the field, Prince developed the first computerized baseball statistics program for the Region IV in 1973, which is still being used today. Prince was also at the forefront of overall fitness and well being, as he conceived the idea and development of Waubonsee's Fitness Center. Prince's many athletic contributions were recognized in 2003 when he was inducted into the Skyway Conference's Hall of Fame.

A graduate of Cissna High School, Prince received both his bachelor's and master's degree from Eastern Illinois University. He initially began his coaching career at Westfield High School in southern Illinois before spending five years at Beecher City. Prior to beginning his tenure at Waubonsee, Prince taught and coached at Oswego High School. He retired in 1993 and currently resides in Oswego.