June 25 - Amid confirmed reports that Michael Prince has hired legal representation, John Champe High School’s director of student activities and Loudoun County Public Schools officials are mum regarding the decision not to retain the Knights’ head baseball coach.
Prince was informed earlier this month by Champe DSA Joe Breinig that he would not be brought back for a third season. Breinig, who did not respond to initial inquiries requesting a reason and comment for his decision, replied with simply, “No comment.” after a follow-up email was sent this morning.
By law, Loudoun County Public Schools is unable to reveal any information regarding Prince’s situation. LCPS coaches are considered ‘at-will employees’, who under U.S. labor laws are defined as contract employees who can be dismissed by an employer for any reason, and without warning, as long as the reason is not illegal. Cause is not necessary for dismissal of coaches, who work on year-to-year contracts.
“It’s part of a personnel file, so we can’t comment,” said Wayde Byard, the LCPS public information officer. “Any Loudoun County employee cannot discuss what is in a personnel file.”
Champe showed marked improvement in its second season under Prince, going 9-12 after winning just three games in his first season. The Knights had their season end with an 11-1 loss in the Potomac District quarterfinals to Stone Bridge, the eventual Region 5C champion.
Prince, 28, was a three-sport letter winner at Stone Bridge before playing football at James Madison University. He served as an assistant at Stone Bridge and Broad Run prior to his hire at Champe in September 2017.
Prince did not did not respond to a request for comment, relaying through one of his assistant coaches that he was unable to per his lawyer’s request. The coaching position is currently posted on the LCPS website.
Photo of coach Michael Prince courtesy of Champe Baseball