Antonio Goss, a seven-year veteran of the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams, is completing his first season at Middle Tennessee as cornerbacks coach. Goss, who also serves as special teams coordinator, made his way to the Blue Raiders after five years at the University of Buffalo, where he served as linebackers coach for three years before taking over the cornerbacks his final two seasons.
Under Goss, the cornerbacks came up with six of the team's 14 interceptions, including one by Bradley Robinson that was returned 88 yards for a touchdown against Arkansas State. The return went down as the fourth longest in school history and was a turning point in the game. Goss also had two players ranked among the top ten in the Sun Belt in passes defended.
The Blue Raiders also enjoyed one of their best years in the special teams department under Goss' leadership. Middle Tennessee set a school record in kickoff return yards and touchdowns, while Colby Smith led the Sun Belt in punting average and Damon Nickson paced the league in kickoff return average. Both players earned first team all-conference honors, while Nickson was tabbed a second-team All-American by SI.com.
The 40-year-old Goss is a two-time Super Bowl Champ with the 49ers (XXIV and XXIX). In Super Bowl XXIX, Goss was chosen by his teammates to represent them as the special team captain along with defensive captain Tim McDonald and future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.
During Goss' time as the cornerbacks coach at Buffalo, he tutored freshman All-MAC performer James Evans and Buffalo standout Gemara Williams, who finished the 2005 season with a school record 13 pass breakups. Buffalo went on to lead the MAC in passing defense and rank eighth nationally in 2005.
Prior to making the move to cornerbacks, Goss coached linebackers and tutored Bobby Johnson, who had 112 tackles in 2003.
Before joining the staff at Buffalo, Goss coached one year at North Carolina Central, where he was the linebackers and special teams coach.
Goss spent three years coaching in and around the Durham/Chapel Hill area after earning his degree in sociology at the University of North Carolina in 1989, where he starred on the football team as a linebacker and safety. Goss was coached by Dick Crum and current Texas Head Coach Mack Brown. Goss went on to spend six years with the San Francisco 49ers, playing with future Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, and Joe Montana, and playing a part in two Super Bowl wins. Goss was a backup linebacker and also served as captain of special teams during his tenure with the 49ers. After leaving San Francisco, he played one season with the St. Louis Rams, in 1996, where he started five games and again led the special teams unit.
His first coaching job was as linebacker and strength and conditioning coach at East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, NC, where he served for two seasons (1998-99).
In 2005, Goss furthered his coaching ability by entering the NFL internship program with the Buffalo Bills under Head Coach Mike Malarkey. Goss was tutored by defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and linebacker coach Don Blackmon, while helping out special teams coach Bobby April. In 2004, Goss spent time with the Detroit Lions staff.
He is married to the former Marvine Johnston and they have two daughters, Antoinette and Alexandria. His hobbies and interests include playing with his kids and date night with his wife.