Furman head football coach Bruce Fowler announced today the hiring of Antonio Goss as the Paladins’ cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator.
Goss, who spent seven years in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams, most recently served as safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Louisville for the 2009 season.
Prior to his stint at Louisville he coached the 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 Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C. area.
A 1989 graduate of North Carolina with a degree in sociology, Goss starred as a linebacker and safety with the Tar Heels under former coaches Dick Crum and 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 the 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.
After leaving San Francisco, he played the 1996 season with the St. Louis Rams, where he started five games and was a key special teams performer.
Following his NFL career he began his coaching career 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 head 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.