Stockstill adds Goss as cornerbacks coach

January 10, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Stockstill announced today the hiring of Antonio Goss as the Blue Raiders cornerbacks coach. Goss, a seven-year veteran of the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams, comes 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.

"A well-respected coach and recruiter, Antonio will add a lot of energy to our program," said Stockstill. "He played for Mack Brown in college and made his mark in the NFL as a special team's player which earned him a Super Bowl ring with the 49ers. We look forward to him and his family coming to Murfreesboro and joining the Blue Raiders."

The 39-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 Fame members 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, linebacker coach Don Blackmon, while helping out special team's 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 (12) and Alexandria (6). His hobbies and interests include playing with his kids and date night with his wife.

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