Jan. 20, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State head football coach Tim DeRuyter announced Friday the hiring of three assistants, all on the offensive side of the ball, rounding out his coaching staff.
Joe Wade, Fresno State's running backs coach for the past three seasons, has been retained by DeRuyter in the same role. Cameron Norcross has been hired to coach the offensive line and Ron Antoine is the new wide receivers coach.
"I'm happy to bring these three coaches on board with the rest of our staff, as they will be a nice compliment to what we already have in place," DeRuyter said. "Retaining Joe was important to me, especially seeing the work he has done with Robbie Rouse and Ryan Mathews. Cameron and Ron are both coaches that I have worked with in the past and am very excited to have them join us because I know first-hand how well they lead young men."
"Coach DeRuyter and I had long talks with the three of them and they all share our vision of where we want to take the offense as a staff," offensive coordinator Dave Schramm said. "They are excellent teachers of their positions, coach with a passion and the players will benefit from their knowledge."
Wade first joined the Fresno State coaching staff in 2009 and made an immediate impact with the program. In his first season as running backs coach, he guided Ryan Mathews to the NCAA rushing crown with 1,808 yards and 19 touchdowns, both Fresno State single-season records.
These past two seasons, Wade has been instrumental in the development of tailback Robbie Rouse. Rouse's 2,678 yards from 2010-11 broke the school record for most gained in back-to-back seasons and with one year of eligibility remaining in 2012, he only needs 317 yards to become the all-time leading rusher in Bulldog history.
Antoine, who played wide receiver collegiately at Colorado State (1993-96), was the wide receivers coach at South Alabama the past two seasons and was at Arkansas for the two years prior to that (2008-09). At USA, Antoine mentored receiver Courtney Smith, who in 2010 set a Jaguar single-season record with 38 receptions for 592 yards.
Antoine has worked twice before with DeRuyter, both stints coming with the Ohio Bobcats. His first stint was as a graduate assistant coach from 1998-99 and then again from 2001-04 when he was the receivers coach and pass-game coordinator.
After Ohio, Antoine worked with the wide receivers and slot backs with Elon in 2005 and was the running backs coach with special teams responsibilities at Wofford from 2006-07. Wofford ranked second in the nation with 2,899 rushing yards his last year with the team, when WC made it to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Norcross has spent his entire 11-year career coaching at his alma mater, Nevada, including the last eight seasons working under Wolf Pack Hall of Fame coach Chris Ault. He was a graduate assistant for Nevada from 2001-02, was the tight ends/co-offensive line coach from 2003-09 and served as its run-game coordinator and offensive line coach the past two years. Norcross and DeRuyter were on the same staff together for the 2005 and 2006 seasons when the Wolf Pack went 17-8 and captured a share of the 2005 WAC title.
He played an important role in the development of Ault's Pistol Offense, which produced the nation's top rushing team in 2009 and the fourth-best team in total offense in the 2010 season when he served as the run-game coordinator. In 2011, Norcross was one of three finalists for the Offensive Line Coach of the Year award from FootballScoop.com.
A three-year letterman on the Wolf Pack offensive line (1997-98), Norcross was an All-Big West selection in 1998.
With a complete coaching staff in place, DeRuyter and the Bulldogs are focused solely on their first recruiting class, which will be introduced on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 1.
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