TAMPA, JAN. 16, 2014 – University of South Florida head coach Willie Taggart announced today that former Louisville wide receivers coach Ron Dugans will join the Bulls coaching staff in the same position and that current USF wide receivers coach David Reaves will take over duties as the Bulls’ quarterbacks coach.
“Ron brings a great deal of experience and success as both a player and coach and I am excited to be able to add him to our coaching staff,” Taggart said. “He has done a great job developing wide receivers throughout his career and has been a part of some very successful programs. Ron is Florida native who has the respect of the high school coaches in the state and will be beneficial to our recruiting as well as the development of our receivers.”
A former standout receiver at Florida State, Dugans has spent the last four seasons as wide receivers coach at Louisville (2010-13). Dugans spent five years playing in the NFL before joining the coaching ranks and brings nine years of collegiate coaching experience to USF.
Reaves, who spent his first season with the Bulls as the wide receivers coach, has previously served as a quarterbacks coach at South Carolina, Tennessee and New Mexico as well as an instructor at IMG Academy.
“David did a good job with our wide receivers last year and helped Andre Davis set a USF record for receiving yards,” Taggart said. “He has great background and experience coaching quarterbacks at the highest level of college football and will add strength at that position for us.”
Dugans was part of a Louisville program that went 12-1 in 2013 and downed Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl – Dugans’ sixth bowl game as a coach. The Cardinals posted a 23-3 mark in Dugans’ last two seasons on the staff, including an 11-2 mark and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl in the 2012 season.
He guided wide receiver DeVante Parker to first team All-American Athletic Conference honors in 2013 as the junior caught 55 passes for 885 yards and 12 touchdowns. Parker, who was also a 2012 first team All-BIG EAST selection after posting 10 touchdown receptions, logged 28 touchdown catches in his first three seasons. Three Cardinal receivers caught 40 or more passes in 2013, including senior Damian Copeland who had a career-best 58 receptions for 780 yards for his second-straight season with 50 or more catches.
In 2011, Dugans guided Cardinals true freshman Eli Rogers to a team-best 41 receptions and redshirt freshman Michaelee Harris to 37 catches for a team-high 455 yards.
Prior to his stint at Louisville, Dugans coached wide receivers at Georgia Southern (2007-09) for three seasons. Under Dugans’ guidance, wide receiver Raja Andrews broke several school records during his senior campaign, en route to finishing 15th nationally in receptions per game and 20th in receiving yards. Andrews smashed the single-season record for receptions by 25 (64), receiving yards by 200 (873) and most 100-yard receiving games by three (5). In 2008, his receiving corps accounted for most of the team’s 42 receptions of 20-plus yards.
Dugans served as a coaching assistant with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals during the 2007 season. Prior to that he coached at his alma mater Florida State (2005-07). He spent the 2006 season as a graduate assistant coach on offense as FSU went 7-6 and ended the season with a victory over UCLA in the Emerald Bowl. The year prior he worked as a graduate assistant with the FSU strength and conditioning program.
Dugans was drafted in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and spent five years in the National Football League. He spent his first four seasons with the Bengals and one season with the Houston Texans.
A member of the Florida State program from 1995-99, Dugans won a National Championship his senior year and played wide receiver opposite fellow NFL Draft pick Peter Warrick. Dugans holds the distinction of having played in three national title games with the Seminoles, recording a stellar 45-4 record during his playing career.
A native of Tallahassee, Fla., Dugans played his first two seasons at FSU before taking a medical redshirt during the 1997 campaign. He returned as a starting wide receiver his final two years in 1998-99 and posted 105 receptions for 1,520 yards and seven touchdowns on his career. He caught six passes for 135 yards in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl BCS National Championship Game vs. Tennessee and tallied five receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the 2000 Sugar Bowl BCS National Championship Game victory over Virginia Tech.
A three-sport standout at Florida A&M University High School (football, basketball and track), Dugans rushed for 730 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year, on just 70 carries. He also tallied 75 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and seven interceptions on defense.
Dugans graduated from Florida State with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1999. He and his wife, Yasheka, have two children, Yasmin and Y’Allana.
SOURCE: USF Athletics