Joe Wade retained as running backs coach; Cameron Norcross and Ron Antoine named assistant coaches
Last updated on Feb. 20, 2013
Ron Antoine is in his second season as the wide receivers coach for the Bulldogs. He was hired on Jan. 4, 2012.
In his first season at Fresno State, Antoine mentored a group of receivers that produced big numbers.
Isaiah Burse was fourth in the MW with 65.5 receiving yards per game and he was an honorable mention All-Mountain West pick. In all, Fresno State had seven players finish with 20 or more receptions on the season and the Bulldogs were one of five programs in the nation to have five different players with four or more TD catches.
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 second season as head coach of the women's basketball program at Texas State. The couple's twin sons, Zachary and Zavier, turned three the last week of January.