Joe Wade retained as running backs coach; Cameron Norcross and Ron Antoine named assistant coaches
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Ron Antoine enters his third season as the outside wide receivers coach for the Bulldogs in their up-tempo spread offense and he assumed the role of recruiting coordinator in February of 2014. He was hired on Jan. 4, 2012.
His first two seasons has seen the Bulldog receivers put up record breaking numbers.
Wide receiver Davante Adams dominated the Mountain West under Antoine's guidance. He was named to eight different All-America teams in 2013 when his 24 touchdown receptions shattered the school and Mountain West records, was eight more than any other player in the nation had and went down as the fourth most in FBS history.
He led the nation with 131 receptions and 10.1 receptions per game in 2013 and was second in the FBS with 1,718 receiving yards, a mark that set yet another school record.
Adams, in just two seasons at Fresno State, set new school records for receptions with 233 and touchdowns with 38, which also set a new Mountain West record. His 38 touchdowns in just 26 games played in rank in a tie for 16th in FBS history and everyone on that list ahead of him played in at least eight more games than Adams did in his career.
Adams' freshman season of 2012 saw him collect Mountain West Freshman of the Year accolades along with honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated.
He went on to be a second round (No. 53 overall) draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 2014 NFL Draft, becoming the second highest wide receiver ever drafted out of Fresno State (which there have now been 16 of them).
It wasn't just Adams, however. Fellow outside receiver Josh Harper posted big numbers in 2013 as well, coming off an injury-shortened 2012 season. Harper would catch 79 passes for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns his junior season. The 13 TDs were good for a tie for eighth nationally, making Fresno State the only school in the FBS in 2013 to have two players from the same team ranked in the top 10 in touchdown receptions. Harper earned second-team All-Mountain West accolades in 2013.
Another rare feat the Bulldog wide receiver corps produced in 2013 was 1,000 yards receivers. In addition to Adams and Harper, slot receiver Isaiah Burse also eclipsed 1,000 yards, making Fresno State just the fifth team in FBS history to have three receivers go over 1,000 yards receiving in the same season.
Harper and Burse set a new school record by each recording a game in 2013 with 17 receptions, and Adams was right behind with a 16-catch game and he had six 10-plus catch games in all that season.
Antoine joined the Bulldog staff after spending the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the wide receivers coach at South Alabama. There he guided Courtney Smith, who set Jaguar single-season receiving records and became the first player in school history to be invited to the Senior Bowl.
Prior to his time at South Alabama, Antoine spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Arkansas. His duties with the Razorbacks included assisting with the running backs, full backs and tight ends, scouting the opposition, helping with practice scripts and game plans and evaluating and developing self scouting reports. He also evaluated the performance of UA's offensive players and assisted in recruiting.
His first season with the Razorbacks in 2008 saw Arkansas pick up wins over nationally ranked opponents Auburn and Tulsa. In 2009, Arkansas finished with an 8-5 record after defeating East Carolina in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. That year, the Razorback offense set school single-season records for points, passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense.
From 2006-07, Antoine coached running backs and assisted with special teams at Wofford. The Terriers won the 2007 Southern Conference championship, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-AA) playoffs en route to a 9-4 finish.
While at Elon in 2005, he worked with wide receivers and slot backs while also assisting with special teams and monitoring the team's academic progress.
Antoine served two different stints on the staff at Ohio, both at the same time Bulldog head coach Tim DeRuyter was there. He was a graduate assistant during the 1998 and `99 seasons before earning his master's degree in higher education in 2000, then returned as a full-time assistant from 2001-04.
In his role working with Ohio's wide receivers and coordinating its passing attack, several Bobcats recorded performances that made the school's top-10 lists for catches and yards receiving in a game, and receiving and all-purpose yards in a career.
During Antoine's two years as a graduate assistant with the Bobcats, when his duties included coordinating the scout defense and special teams, and breaking down film, OU posted a 5-3 mark in MAC action each fall.
Antoine was a four-year letterwinner at Colorado State from 1993-96, where he played wide receiver. Twice during his career the Rams won the WAC championship to earn a berth in the Holiday Bowl, highlighted by the program's 10-2 record his sophomore season -- that fall, CSU defeated both nationally ranked Brigham Young and Arizona. His junior year, the Rams finished 8-4 with a victory over No. 21 Air Force, and they posted a 7-5 mark (three of those losses came against top-25 teams) his final year.
CSU would go on to reclaim the WAC title in 1997 when Antoine served as a student assistant coach, ending the season ranked 17th in the nation after picking up a 35-24 win over 19th-ranked Missouri in the Holiday Bowl. He would earn his degree in exercise and sport science from the school in 1997.
Antoine's wife, Zenarae, is in her third season as head coach of the women's basketball program at Texas State. The couple's twin sons, Zachary and Zavier, turned four the last week of January.