50 for 50: Debbie Prince (Herrold), Basketball, Track 1979-81
In 2021 LB celebrates the 50-year anniversary of its athletics program. Beginning in January, we will highlight people, teams and moments from the past five decades of Roadrunner Athletics. You can nominate a former athlete, coach, team, supporter or memorable moment from LB Athletics using this form.
Debbie Prince (Herrold), Cross Country, Basketball, Track 1979-81
Prince was a three-sport athlete at Linn-Benton from 1979-1981, participating in cross country, basketball and track & field.
In basketball Prince earned 1st Team all-OCCAA honors twice and led Roadrunners to undefeated 16-0 Conference title in 1981. She was named OCCAA Player of the Year in 1981.
In track Prince competed at the NJCAA National Championships meet in the heptathlon and javelin. In her freshman year, Prince also set the school record in the 800 meters, posting a time of 2:27.66. Prince finished ninth in the heptathlon at the NJCAA’s her sophomore year.
In 1987-88 Prince returned to LB to become the women’s basketball head coach. The Roadrunners placed fifth in the 1991 NWAACC Tournament. Prince had also served as an assistant coach in basketball, cross country and track before becoming the head basketball coach.
Prince retired as head coach after the 1992-93 season and continued to teach part-time at LB until 2020.
She was inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame in 1999.