Jared Prince was an all-state football and baseball player for the Vikings
NOTE: This is part of a series of biographies about inductees to the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable’s Class of 2019 Kitsap County Sports Hall of Fame. The HOF Banquet is Saturday, Jan. 25 at Kiana Lodge. A social hour begins at noon with lunch at 1 p.m. and induction at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at kitsapathleticroundtable.org.
Poulsbo’s Jared Prince is one of the most outstanding all-around athletes to come out of Kitsap County. The 2005 North Kitsap High School grad was an all-state selection in football as a quarterback and as a pitcher/outfielder for the baseball team. He started three years in football, baseball and basketball, serving as team captains in all three sports. Prince was Narrows League Bridge Division MVP in football and baseball and a tough rebounder and defender on a basketball team that reached the state tournament.
Prince passed for a school–record 5,158 yards during his prep football career and was a two-time Kitsap Sun Player of the Year. He was also a three-year starter at safety. In baseball, Prince hit .512 as a sophomore, .523 as a junior, and .525 as a senior with a 0.88 ERA as a pitcher. Prince was the Kitsap Sun’s Male Athlete of the Year and KAR’s Scholar Athlete of the Year his senior year.
Prince was a dual-threat quarterback and had several scholarship offers to play college football, but decided to concentrate on baseball at Washington State, where as a freshman he started drawing comparisons to John Olerud as a two-play player. He led the Cougars with a .401 batting average and 58 RBI. He was 6-2 on the mound, making 12 starts and appearing in 15 games. He was All-Pac-10 first team, third-team All-American and Freshman All-American at WSU. Prince was one of 35 college players invited to the USA Baseball national team trials. A shoulder injury limited him as a pitcher going forward, but he hit .343 and earned All-Pac-10 honors his senior year and was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 34th round of the amateur draft. As an outfielder/first baseman, Prince hit .266 over four minor league seasons.
Prince is currently a teacher and assistant coach in football and baseball at North Kitsap.