JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 20, 2015) – ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush announced Friday addition of Antonio Goss to the Buccaneers’ coaching staff.
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.
“Antonio played for me at North Carolina and I’ve known him since 1987,” Torbush said. “He’s an outstanding football coach and his career obviously speaks for itself. Not only is he an outstanding position coach, but he will do an outstanding job leading our special teams.”
Goss said it will be a pleasure to once again roam the sidelines with Torbush.
“To finally work for my mentor and one of the best individuals and defensive minds in the game is a dream come true,” Goss said. “I have truly been blessed to have this opportunity at ETSU.”
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 squad¹s special teams and nickel backs.
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.
In 2005 Goss entered the NFL internship program with the Buffalo Bills under coach Mike Malarkey. He was tutored by Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and linebacker coach Don Blackmon, while also assisting special teams coach Bobby April. He was a member of the Detroit Lions coaching staff in 2004.
A native of Randleman, N.C., and product of Randelman High School, he and his wife, Marvine, have two daughters, Antoinette and Alexandria.