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Countryside High Wrestling Coach Mark Prince inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Sept. 20, 2022

Coach PrincePrince,  who helped produce more than 17 state champions from Pinellas County, received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award.

He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Florida Chapter, in August.

Prince, a two-time state champion from Virginia, began his coaching career in Florida in 1991. For the past 30 years, he has guided Pinellas wrestlers to success. In addition to supporting 17 state championships, he has helped students earn more than 30 state awards.

Many of his past athletes have gone on to serve our country in all branches of the military. This includes his three sons who currently serve in the U.S Navy, Air Force and the Marine Corps.

His proudest coaching moment came in 2015, when he watched his son win Dapper Dan and become the last Florida wrestler to finish his high school career ranked #1 in the country.  

In 2020, he and his family operated the D1 Wrestling Academy to keep wrestling active for all Florida wrestlers during the pandemic by hosting multiple tournaments and clinics. Prince continues to serve the wrestling community as a coach, clinician, tournament director and referee.