The importance of stability, a quality position coach and a recruiter who knows Florida can’t be understated as Mike Norvell builds his staff.
And that’s why it made sense for Norvell to keep Ron Dugans as receivers coach. A four-year letterman and 1999 national champion at Florida State, Dugans will be retained as FSU’s wide receivers coach, head coach Mike Norvell announced Friday morning.
“I’m excited to announce that I will be retaining Ron Dugans as our wide receivers coach here at Florida State University,” Norvell said. “Ron is a true Seminole, a man who represents the Florida State football family with class, character and an incredible sense of pride for our university. The development of our wide receivers over the last year and the relationships that have been built gives us a tremendous foundation to build upon moving forward.
“Coach Dugans will be an asset on the field as well as one of the top recruiters in the country due to the relationships he has established over the years. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work side by side with Coach Dugans and his family as we elevate Florida State football back to the top.”
Norvell has solidified four hires: offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Kenny Dillingham, defensive coordinator Adam Fuller, defensive line coach Odell Haggins and Dugans.
In his first season back in Tallahassee, Dugans’ group has helped the Seminoles rank 19th in the nation in completion percentage, their highest ranking since 2014.
The receivers are led by All-ACC performer Tamorrion Terry, who ended the regular season with 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns on 51 catches. He is averaging 20.06 yards per reception, which ranks second in the ACC and fifth in the NCAA among receivers with at least 50 receptions.
Dugans has six receivers with at least 15 catches this season, including two who have missed significant time due to injury (Keyshawn Helton and Ontaria Wilson).
Junior D.J. Matthews has 36 grabs for 355 yards and three touchdowns, while Helton caught 17 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns before a season-ending injury in the sixth game of the season and Wilson, who missed the final five games of the regular season due to injury, has 20 catches for 227 yards and one touchdown.
“I’m happy for the opportunity to continue serving my alma mater,” Dugans said. “Tallahassee is home, and being able to invest in this community means a lot to me and my family. I am excited to join Coach Norvell and our tremendous student-athletes as we work to put Florida State back among the nation’s elite.”
Dugans has previous experience at USF (2014-15) and Miami (2016-18) as well as Louisville (2010-13). Those years of coaching, a strong connection to FSU and the recruiting ties make Dugans a natural pick to be a part of Norvell’s staff.
Dugans and his wife, Yasheka, have four children, Yasmin, Y’Allana, Yanni and Ron, Jr.
Ron Dugans Coaching History
2019- Florida State Wide Receivers Coach
2018 Miami co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach
2016-17 Miami Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach
2014-15 South Florida Wide Receivers Coach
2010-13 Louisville Wide Receivers Coach
2007-09 Georgia Southern Wide Receivers Coach
2007 Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Assistant
2005-06 Florida State Graduate Assistant