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Coach Profile: Ron Dugans

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Wide receiver coach Ron Dugans looks to take a young group of receivers to the next level at Miami.

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Ron Dugans knows what it's like to face adversity, and persevere.

Dugans received devastating news in 2008, when he heard that his 8-year-old daughter, Ronshay Dugans, tragically passed away in an accident. A cement truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, which resulted in a collision with the school bus Ronshay was riding on.

"She would always say, ‘You better be good daddy because God is going to get ya.’ She always told that to everybody, ‘God is going to get you if you’re not acting right,’" Dugans told USF senior writer Tom Zebold. "That’s what I loved about her because she was God fearing in the church and she had a lot of accolades at that age."

Dugans himself is a man of faith and hard work. On Twitter, he is vocal about his faith, offering inspirational words daily.

On the field, Dugans starred at Florida State as a wide receiver. Mark Richt was an assistant coach on the Seminoles coaching staff during this time. His success at FSU, led to him getting drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played in the league for four years.

Dugans would go on to coach the wide receivers at Georgia Southern, from 2007 to 2009. From there, he found a spot at Louisville, coaching under former Cardinals head coach, and current Texas Longhorns coach, Charlie Strong. Dugans and the Cardinals posted an impressvie 23-3 record during his final two seasons with the team.

He coached current Miami Dolphins receiver, Devante Parker, at Louisville. Parker was named first team All-American Athletic Conference honors in 2013 Parker, was also was named 2012 first team All-Big East as a sophomore.

The last two years, Dugans has been mentoring receivers at USF, in Tampa. This past season, Bulls receiver Rodney Adams caught nine touchdowns, setting a new school record.

Dugans will have the chance to work with a talented group of receivers at Miami. Returning is second team All-ACC selection, Stacy Coley. Last season, Coley was second on the team, with 47 receptions (he totaled 689 yards and four touchdowns). Dugans will hopefully inspire to Coley to set the tone for the other receivers on the roster.

The Hurricanes may look towards some of their incoming freshman to make an impact at the receiver position, and Dugans will be the perfect coach to help these young players mature. Four-star commits, Sam Bruce and Ahmon Richards, will learn how to succeed at the next level under Dugans' guidance.

As a wide receiver coach, Ron Dugans brings a solid resumé and great work ethic to a team that is equipped with one of the better quarterbacks in college football. His ability to mentor and mold players into all-conference caliber stars will prove to be beneficial for a group of raw, talented receivers at Miami.