South Florida wide receivers coach Ron Dugans is joining the staff of Miami coach Mark Richt, according to a source.
It’s a reunion for Dugans and Richt, who won a national championship together at Florida State in 1999. Dugans was a star wide receiver for the Seminoles from 1995–99 when Richt was the program’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
This past season was Dugans’s second in his position at South Florida. A Tallahassee, Fla., native, the 38-year-old is a respected recruiter in the Sunshine State.
Prior to his time in Tampa, Dugans was Louisville’s wide receivers coach for four seasons after spending three years coaching the same position at Georgia Southern. He was a coaching assistant for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals in the summer of 2007.
Dugans got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Florida State from 2005–06. That was after he played four seasons for the Bengals, who selected him in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft, and had a short stint with the Houston Texans before the 2004 season.
Richt became the coach at Miami, his alma mater, last month after being fired in late November at Georgia, where he had a 145–51 record in his 15 seasons. He replaces Al Golden, who was fired in October following a 4–3 start.
Golden had a 32–25 record in his five seasons with the Hurricanes.