Farmer, Evans and Palka were named first team, Wren to second team
The 16-member class has been ranked in the top 10 nationally
The Jackets will play Friday, Monday and Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.
Jason Howell the right man for the job of Georgia Tech baseball's pitching coach
Sophomore catcher Mitch Earnest has gone from walk-on to big time contributor.
Georgia Tech 12, Boston College 5 (Photos by Danny Karnik)
The Bryan Prince File
Full Name: Bryan Nathan Prince
Birthdate: November 4, 1978
Education: Bachelor's degree in management from Georgia Tech, 2005.
Playing Experience: Four-year letterwinner as a catcher at Georgia Tech (1998-2001); All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team (2000-01); Team Co-Captain (2000); Led Georgia Tech to NCAA Regional Tournaments in 1998, 2000-01; 10th round draft choice by Cincinnati Reds (2001); Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer (2001-04)
Coaching Experience: Volunteer Assistant Coach at Georgia Tech, 2006; Assistant Coach at Indiana, 2007; Assistant Coach at Georgia Tech, 2008-Present
Joined Georgia Tech Staff: July 3, 2007 (First stint: August 1, 2005)
Bryan Prince is in his sixth year on the Flats as an assistant baseball coach, having played for head coach Danny Hall from 1998-2001 and then beginning his coaching career as Tech's volunteer assistant in 2006.
A two-time semifinalist for the prestigious Johnny Bench Award and two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference catcher at Georgia Tech from 1998-2001, Prince works with the Yellow Jackets' hitters and catchers.
Prince also serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Jackets, having locked up four classes that ranked among the top 35 in the nation, including a 2011 class that ranked as high as sixth. Several standouts have been drafted out of high school but chose to enroll at Tech.
Beginning with his first season as hitting coach in 2008, the Jackets power numbers have risen tremendously. In 2010, the team belted a school-record 122 home runs, the second most in the nation. In addition, the team ranked second in the ACC in batting average (.326).
Although offensive numbers dipped nationwide in 2011 with the adjustment to the new bats, Georgia Tech remained near the top of the ACC in average (.303, 3rd), home runs (48, 4th) and slugging (.442, 4th). The Jackets had three players finish in the ACC's top 10 in hitting -- Matt Skole, .348, fourth; Jake Davies, .347, sixth; Kyle Wren, .340, ninth, while Jacob Esch was second in the league in doubles (23) and Daniel Palka belted the ACC's fourth-most home runs (12). Esch and Skole were each drafted following the 2011 season, while Wren, Davies and Skole garnered All-ACC honors.
Tech's offensive was again humming in 2012 as the Jackets led the ACC in home runs (53), finished third in hitting (.294), third in doubles (127) and fourth in RBI (379). It was a late-season offensive surge that propelled Tech to the ACC title, behind ACC Tournament MVP Jake Davies. The Jackets hit .329 as team during the four-game sweep in Greensboro, collected 46 hits, outscored the opposition 35-15 and belted seven home runs. Davies' 73 RBI for the season led the ACC and was fourth nationally, while Palka launched 12 homers for the second-straight year.
Prince has also aided in the development of now-junior catcher Zane Evans, who during his Freshman All-American season in 2011, became the first freshman catcher at GT to serve as the everyday starter since Jason Varitek in 1991.
In just his second year as the Yellow Jackets' hitting coach in 2009, Georgia Tech belted 111 home runs, the third most in the nation and the second highest mark in school history. With the help of Prince, outfielder Luke Murton hit 20 home runs, nearly doubling his total from 2008. Murton earned third team All-America honors in the process and was selected along with Jeff Rowland and Tony Plagman in the 2009 MLB Draft. He was also responsible for the development of catcher Jason Haniger, who spent his first two years playing behind All-American Matt Wieters before having two outstanding seasons as a starter where he hit .318 with 45 extra-base hits.
Prince returned to Georgia Tech after spending one year as the assistant coach at Indiana. Under his tutelage, sophomore center fielder Andrew Means earned All-Big Ten honors while finishing third in the league in stolen bases (27-30) and sixth with a .369 batting average. Means led the Hoosiers in average, steals, slugging percentage (.467) and on base percentage (.397) and finished second on the team in both runs (32) and RBI (30).
Prior to his appointment at Indiana, Prince spent one season as the Yellow Jackets' volunteer assistant coach, where he worked with Tech's hitters and catchers and helped guide the team to the third College World Series appearance in the program's history. The Yellow Jackets closed out the season ranked in the top-10 in the nation with a 50-18 final record while leading the ACC in runs scored, runs per game, doubles, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage and walks.
While at Tech, Prince worked with Wieters, who finished his sophomore season hitting .355 with team highs in home runs (15), RBI (71), hits (92), doubles (20) and on base percentage (.480).
Prince originally joined the Georgia Tech coaching staff after a four-year career in professional baseball, playing in the Cincinnati Reds organization.
One of the most popular players in Yellow Jacket baseball history, Prince was a four-year letterwinner for head coach Danny Hall from 1998-2001. The Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., native helped Georgia Tech win the 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference 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 at bats (788), ninth in doubles (53) and 16th in total bases (403). 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 elected as Tech's team MVP following that season. He was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top catcher in both 2000 and 2001.
Prince posted a career batting average of .353, and still ranks among Tech'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 two best 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 his degree in management from Georgia Tech in 2005. He is married to the former Tracy Carter, also a Georgia Tech graduate, and the couple resides in Atlanta.