CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami football head coach Mark Richt completed his staff on Saturday after he tabbed Ron Dugans as the Hurricanes’ new wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator for the start of the 2016 campaign.
Dugans, a former wide receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals, brings 11 years of coaching experience to Coral Gables, making stops at Florida State, Georgia Southern, Louisville and South Florida.
The Tallahassee, Fla. native spent the past two seasons at South Florida where he helped the Bulls to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the 2015 Miami Beach Bowl. Under Dugans’ direction this past season, junior wide receiver Rodney Adams posted a career high 822 yards and hauled in a school record nine receiving touchdowns.
In his first season in Tampa, Dugans helped guide wide receiver Andre Davis to a then school record seven touchdown catches in 2014 despite Davis missing four games with an injury.
Prior to his two-year stint at USF, Dugans spent three years at the University of Louisville where he served as an assistant on Charlie Strong’s staff from 2010-13. During his final two seasons at U of L, the Cardinals posted a 23-3 mark, including an 11-2 mark and an appearance in the 2013 Sugar Bowl. 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.
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.
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 reunites with Richt after he played for the first year Hurricanes’ coach during his time as offensive coordinator at Florida State.
As a player at FSU from 1995-99, 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.