On Feb. 20, 2015, ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush announced that Antonio Goss had joined the Buccaneers’ coaching staff. Goss enters his third season as the Bucs' special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach.
In the 2015 season, freshman defensive back Domenique Williams ranked ninth in FCS in combined kickoff return yards en route to breaking the single-season school record with 850 return yards. Last season, sophomore kicker JJ Jerman earned a pair of Southern Conference Player of the Week honors, as he connected on a pair of walk-off field goals to lift the Bucs to wins at Kennesaw State and No. 18 Samford. Jerman - who received preseason all-conference honors heading into the 2017 campaign - ranked 28th among FCS players in field goal percentage (75.0) and 29th in field goals per game (1.09). Jerman is 40-for-41 in PATs for his career, which ranks seventh all-time in ETSU history entering the 2017 season.
On defense, Daren Ardis and Tavian Lott led ETSU's corners the first two seasons, while freshman Jeremy Lewis enjoyed a solid rookie campaign in 2016. Ardis and Lott combined for 123 tackles the last two years, along with forcing five turnovers. Lott led the Bucs with three interceptions in the first two seasons, while Ardis posted two forced fumbles. Lewis finished with 18 tackles, one interception and two pass break ups as a freshman in 2016.
Goss, who played collegiately at the University of North Carolina while Torbush was there as defensive coordinator, enjoyed a successful NFL playing career with two Super Bowl championships with the San Francisco 49ers. He has since accumulated a great deal of experience in both the NFL and college coaching ranks. He will join the Bucs as outside linebackers and special teams coach.
Goss spent seven years in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams, and most recently spent four seasons at Furman. He coaches the squads' special teams and nickelbacks.
Before coming to Furman, he served as safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Louisville (2009). Prior to his stint at Louisville, he directed cornerbacks and special teams at Middle Tennessee State (2006-08)
and served as both linebackers and cornerbacks coach at the University of Buffalo for five seasons (2001-05). He began his collegiate coaching career as linebackers and special teams coach at North Carolina Central (2000) after working three years as a prep coach in the Chapel Hill, N.C., area.
A 1989 graduate of North Carolina with a degree in sociology, he starred as a linebacker and safety with the Tar Heels under coach Dick Crum and former University of Texas head coach Mack Brown.
Following his Tar Heel career, he was drafted in the 12th round by San Francisco and was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams (XXIV and XXIX), seeing action as a backup linebacker and captain of special teams.
He was chosen by his teammates to represent the 49ers as special teams captain along with defensive captain Tim McDonald and Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice in Super Bowl XXIX. He played the 1996 season with the St. Louis Rams, where he started five games and was a key special teams performer.
After concluding his NFL career he took his first coaching assignment as linebacker and strength and conditioning coach at East Chapel Hill (N.C.) High School, where he served for two seasons.