Alan Prince, a longtime journalist for the Miami Herald, a journalism professor at the University of Miami and 48-year national officer for the United States Harness Writers Association and a harness racing Hall of Fame Communicator inductee, has died. He was 85.
Prince saw his first Standardbred race at Monticello Raceway in 1959 and from that point on became a fan of harness racing.
He began his newspaper career as a sports writer for the Union Leader, a New Jersey weekly newspaper, where he started covering harness racing.
He later joined the New York City Chapter of USHWA, eventually becoming treasurer.
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Prince was also the founder of the Florida Chapter of USHWA and served as its president in the late 1960s.
Prince joined the Miami Herald in 1964. Over his 25-year-career, he covered sports and also was the travel editor for 15 years.
When Prince left the Herald in the late 1980s, he had already been teaching journalism part-time at the University of Miami, which led to a professorship and lectures on journalism. In retirement, he still edited books and magazines for major publishers.
Prince was inducted into the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame as a Communicator in 2007. He was inducted into the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. He also received the first Joseph A. Vaccaro Memorial Award in 2007 by the New England Chapter of USHWA.
Prince also received USHWA’s Member of the Year Award in 1986, and later the national group named the award in his honor.
Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Prince was a graduate of New York University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He also served in the United States Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean War.
He is survived by his sister, Carol Feltman; brother, Martin; sister-in-law, Andrea (Eisenberg); and six nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday at Riverside-Gordon Memorial Chapels at Mt. Nebo Kendall Memorial Gardens, 5900 SW 77th Avenue in Miami.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Amie Choquette Sunshine Fund, care of the Florida Chapter USHWA, P.O. Box 669273, Pompano Beach, Florida, 33066, or call 954-654-3757.
Barry athletic director Michael L. Covone was named the Under Armour NCAA Division II Athletic Director of the Year.
Covone was one of four NCAA athletic directors honored from each division during the James J. Corbett Memorial awards in Orlando as part of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention.
Covone has served Barry athletics since its inception in 1984, beginning as the women’s soccer coach. The team won three NCAA DII championships under his helm.
During Covone’s tenure, the Buccaneers have won 15 national championships.