Ron Dugans, a four-year letterman and 1999 national champion at Florida State, enters his third season coaching wide receivers at FSU in 2021.
During the 2020 season, Dugans directed the development of a young position group without a senior on the roster. Ontaria Wilson showcased his explosiveness, leading the team with 30 receptions for 382 yards and grabbing FSU’s two longest receptions of the year, including a career-long 69-yard touchdown catch at North Carolina State. Tamorrion Terry put together a game for the history books at No. 5 Notre Dame, catching nine passes for 146 yards and a 48-yard touchdown to post the highest individual receiving yards total by a visitor in Notre Dame Stadium since 2011 and the most against the Irish in the regular season since 2015. Terry, who declared for the 2021 NFL Draft, moved into 10th on FSU’s career receiving yards list. Keyshawn Helton returned from a season-ending injury in 2019 to play all nine games in 2020 and enters 2021 as Florida State’s active career leader in touchdown catches.
In his first season back in Tallahassee, Dugans’ group helped the Seminoles tie for 22nd in the nation in completion percentage, their highest ranking since 2014. The receivers were led by Terry, who was an All-ACC performer after ending the season with 1,188 yards and nine touchdowns on 60 catches. He averaged 19.8 yards per reception, which ranked first in the ACC and fourth in the NCAA among receivers with at least 60 receptions. The redshirt sophomore further established himself as a big-play threat, as his average of 57.89 yards per touchdown reception was the most for a receiver with at least nine touchdowns in the previous 15 years, and his six touchdowns of 60-plus yards tied for the highest total in the NCAA since at least 2010.
Dugans had six receivers with at least 15 catches in 2019, including two who missed significant time due to injury. Junior D.J. Matthews made 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, had 21 catches for 227 yards and one touchdown.
Dugans returned to Florida State after three years as wide receivers coach at Miami. In his first two seasons there he also served as passing game coordinator before being promoted to co-offensive coordinator for the 2018 season. Prior to his time in Coral Gables, he coached wide receivers at South Florida in 2014 and 2015 following four years as Louisville’s wide receivers coach. Dugans began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at FSU in 2005 and 2006, after which he was a coaching assistant with the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL and then served as wide receivers coach at Georgia Southern for three seasons.
In 2018, Dugans co-coordinated an offense that converted at least 45 percent of its third-down conversions in seven games after only reaching that benchmark twice the year before. In 2017, he helped direct the Hurricanes to a 10-win season that culminated with an appearance in the Capital One Orange Bowl. Braxton Berrios had career-high totals with 52 receptions, 634 yards and nine touchdowns while earning All-ACC recognition and the Jim Tatum Award as the ACC’s top student-athlete in addition to being a finalist for the Campbell Trophy. In Dugans’ first season at Miami, he guided Ahmmon Richards to Freshman All-America and All-ACC honors after breaking UM’s freshman receiving record with 934 yards. Senior Stacy Coley also was named All-ACC after becoming only the eighth Hurricane to accumulate 2,000 career receiving yards behind a career-high 754 yards in 2016.
Dugans’ receivers broke USF’s single-season touchdown record in both of his seasons at South Florida. In 2014, Andre Davis set the Bulls’ record with seven receiving scores despite missing four games due to injury. The following year, Dugans tutored Rodney Adams to a career-high 822 yards and a school-record nine receiving touchdowns as USF finished 8-5 and played in the Miami Beach Bowl.
Dugans helped lead a program revitalization in his four seasons at Louisville. The Cardinals were 23-3 over the 2012 and 2013 seasons, including 11-2 with a victory over Florida in the Sugar Bowl in 2012 and a 12-1 mark in 2013 that culminated with a win over Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl. He guided wide receiver DeVante Parker, the 14th overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, to first-team All-AAC honors in 2013 as the junior caught 55 passes for 885 yards and 12 touchdowns. Parker, who was also a 2012 first-team All-BIG EAST selection after posting 10 touchdown receptions, caught 28 touchdowns in his first three seasons. Three Cardinal receivers caught 40 or more passes in 2013, including senior Damian Copeland who had a career-best 58 receptions for 780 yards for his second straight 50-catch season.
Prior to his time at Louisville, Dugans coached the receivers at Georgia Southern. Under Dugans’ guidance, Raja Andrews broke numerous single-season school records in 2008, including 64 receptions, 873 yards and five 100-yard receiving games, while finishing the year ranked 15th nationally in receptions per game and 20th in receiving yards. Dugans started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at FSU, working in the strength and conditioning program in 2005 before working with the offense in 2006. He also served as a coaching assistant in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007.
Dugans was a wide receiver at FSU from 1995-99, playing his first two seasons before taking a medical redshirt in 1997. He returned to start in 1998 and 1999, helping the Seminoles reach the BCS National Championship Game in both seasons. He caught six passes for 135 yards in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl against Tennessee and grabbed five receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the 2000 Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech that gave FSU its second national championship and completed the first wire-to-wire season as the Associated Press’ No. 1-ranked team. In his career, he made 105 receptions for 1,520 yards and seven touchdowns. He was selected by Cincinnati in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft and played professionally for four seasons, compiling 89 catches for 797 yards and three touchdowns in 46 games.
A Tallahassee native, Dugans was a three-sport standout at Florida A&M University Developmental Research School. He played football, rushing for 730 yards and 10 touchdowns while adding 75 tackles and seven interceptions on defense as a senior, in addition to winning two state championships in basketball and three team track and field state titles, including two individual triple jump state championships.
Dugans and his wife, Yasheka, have four children, Yasmin, Y’Allana, Yanni and Ron, Jr.
|2019-||Florida State||Wide Receivers|
|2018||Miami||co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers|
|2016-17||Miami||Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach|
|2014-15||South Florida||Wide Receivers|
|2007-09||Georgia Southern||Wide Receivers|
|2007||Cincinnati Bengals||Offensive Assistant|
|2005-06||Florida State||Graduate Assistant|