RON ANTOINE | WR COACH
Ron Antoine is in his second season as an assistant coach and first season as the wide receivers coach at Texas State after serving as the running backs and tight ends coach for the Bobcats in 2016.
Last year, Antoine produced Texas State’s top two rushers in Stedman Mayberry and Tyler Siudzinski, who combined for 816 yards and seven touchdowns rushing and caught 52 passes for 398 yards out of the backfield in their first year as starting running backs.
Antoine joined Texas State’s staff after working four years as an assistant coach at Fresno State, where he was the running backs coach for the Bulldogs in 2015 and coached the outside receivers the three previous years. He also was the recruiting coordinator at Fresno State during his last two seasons there.
Antoine coached Marteze Waller in 2015 when he was named the team’s offensive MVP after rushing for 920 yards and five touchdowns on 228 carries. Waller also caught 20 passes for 151 yards and two TDs.
Antoine also produced a pair of the most productive wide receivers in school history in current Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver Davante Adams and Josh Harper during his first three seasons. Adams was named to eight All-America teams in 2013 after shattering Fresno State and Mountain West Conference records with 24 touchdown receptions. He led the nation with 24 TDs in 2013 which also marked the fourth highest total in FBS history. He also led the nation with 131 receptions and was second nationally with 1,718 receiving yards, another school record. Adams also set school records with 233 receptions and 38 TD catches, another MWC record, in his two-year career.
Harper also produced back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons when he caught 79 passes for 1,011 yards and 13 TDs in 2013 and 90 passes for 1,097 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014.
Adams was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by Green Bay, and Harper signed as a NFL free agent in 2015.
Antoine went to Fresno State after coaching wide receivers at South Alabama in 2010 and 2011. There, he coached Courtney Smith who set multiple Jaguar single-season receiving records and became the first player in school history to be invited to the Senior Bowl.
He also coached running backs, fullbacks and tight ends at Arkansas in 2008 and 2009. During his first season, the Razorbacks posted wins over a pair of nationally-ranked teams, Auburn and Tulsa. In his second season, Arkansas finished with an 8-5 record after defeating East Carolina in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. That season, the Razorbacks set school single-season records for most points, passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense.
Antoine also coached running backs and assisted with special teams at Wofford in 2006 and 2007. The Terriers won the 2007 Southern Conference championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs en route to a 9-4 finish.
Prior to Wofford, Antoine spent a season at Elon in 2005 where he worked with wide receivers and slot backs while also assisting with special teams and monitoring the team’s academic progress.
Antoine also served two different stints on the staff at Ohio where he was a graduate assistant during the 1998 and 1999 seasons before earning his master’s degree in higher education in 2000. He also was the receivers coach and passing game coordinator from 2001-04.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Colorado State, where he was a four-year letterman as a wide receiver for the Rams in 1993-96. He played on two WAC championship teams in 1994 and 1995 culminating in back-to-back Holiday Bowl appearances. The Rams had a 10-2 record during his sophomore season in 1994. That season, Colorado State beat a pair of nationally-ranked teams in BYU and Arizona. Colorado State also won the WAC championship in 1997 when Antoine served as a student assistant coach when the Rams ended the season ranked 17 nationally after defeating 19-ranked Missouri in the Holiday Bowl.
Antoine is a native of Beaumont, Texas where he graduated from Westbrook High School. He went on to earn his degree in exercise and sport science at Colorado State in 1997. His wife, Zenarae, is in her fifth season as the head coach of Texas State’s women’s basketball team. They have three sons, Zachary, Zavier and Zayden
ADRIAN MAYES | TE COACH
Adrian Mayes is in his second season at Texas State and will coach the offensive tackles and tight ends in 2017 after coaching the offensive line last year. Mayes also serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Bobcats. Last season, Mayes coached All-Sun Belt Conference offensive lineman Aaron Brewer.
He joined Texas State’s staff after serving as the director of football recruiting at Houston during the 2015 season after spending one year as an offensive graduate assistant at Ohio State in 2014 when the Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff Championship Trophy with victories over Alabama and Oregon.
Mayes went to Ohio State after serving three seasons as an assistant coach at Rice, where he coached both of the offensive and defensive lines for the Owls during his tenure.
Mayes went to Houston after spending one year as a graduate assistant on the offensive staff at Ohio State in 2014 when the Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy with victories over Alabama and Oregon.
He also spent three seasons as a defensive graduate assistant coach in 2012 and 2013 after beginning his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant coach in 2011. He helped coach the Owls to a Conference USA championship, a Liberty Bowl berth in 2013 and a 33-14 victory over Air Force in the 2012 Armed Forces Bowl. His coaching experience also includes completing an NFL minority internship with the New York Jets while working with the running backs in the spring and summer of 2013.
Mayes played at Kansas, where he developed into a standout offensive guard and named the Jayhawks’ Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior after he initially joined the Jayhawks as a walk-on. He also was a two-time Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection, named Big 12 All-Academic Second Team twice and played on three bowl championship teams in the 2005 Fort Worth Bowl, 2008 Orange Bowl and 2008 Insight Bowl.
Mayes earned his bachelor’s degree in business management leadership and a master’s degree in sports administration at Kansas. He also served a graduate assistant on the strength and conditioning staff at Kansas. He and his wife, Amy, have a son, Aiden.
ERIC MATEOS | OL COACH
Eric Mateos comes to Texas State as the offensive line coach after helping coach the offensive lines at LSU and Arkansas, where he worked alongside two of the best offensive line coaches in the country in Jeff Grimes and Sam Pittman, respectively.
Mateos transitioned into coaching after playing two years at Southwest Baptist, where he was the starting center and team captain in 2009 and 2010. In his first season, the Bearcats ranked fifth nationally in total offense after averaging 482 yards per game. The following year, Southwest Baptist ranked third in the nation with 504.7 yards of total offense.
He began his coaching career as an assistant offensive line coach at Southwest Baptist in 2011 before serving a one-year stint as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Hutchinson Community College. There, he tutored the top junior college offensive guard prospect in the country and the Blue Dragons broke 15 school records on offense.
He was a graduate assistant under Pittman at Arkansas for the next three years when the Razorbacks surrendered the fewest sacks in the SEC each of the three seasons. The Razorback offensive line also produced a First-Team All-American and two Freshmen All-Americans in his first season. They were the only school in the nation to have two 1,000-yard rushers in 2014. In 2015, Arkansas finished second in the SEC in scoring offense (40.2 points per game) and total offense (456.8 yards per game). When Pittman left for Georgia, Mateos served as an interim offensive line coach in the Liberty Bowl and the Razorbacks gained 569 yards on offense.
In 2016, he joined LSU’s staff as an offensive line graduate assistant before being named tight ends coach midway into the season by Ed Orgeron and helping lead the Tigers to a victory over Louisville in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. The three tight ends combined for 27 catches for 420 yards and three touchdowns.
Mateos, who earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations at Southwest Baptist in 2011, and is married to the former Caitlin Klinzman.
ZAK KUHR | Offensive Coordinator/Associate Head Coach
Zak Kuhr is in his first year as a co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Texas State. He comes to Texas State after serving as the running backs coach at Rutgers, where he coached one of the top nine Big 10 leaders in all-purpose yards in 2016.
Kuhr went to Rutgers after spending two years on the coaching staff at James Madison. He served as the co-offensive coordinator for the Dukes in 2015 after coaching the running backs during the previous two seasons.
In 2015, James Madison finished with a 9-3 record, advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs and ranked among the Top 10 nationally in several statistical categories on offense. The Dukes led the country in third down conversion percentage (54 percent), and were second in scoring offense (44.3 ppg), third in total offense (528.8 ypg), third in first down offense (329), seventh in rushing offense (273.8 ypg) and ninth in red zone offense (89.4 percent).
Kuhr also coached running backs Cardon Johnson and Khalid Abdullah, who combined to rush for over 2,000 yards while the team netted 3,285 yards rushing with 36 touchdowns.
In his first season as running backs coach, JMU’s rushing offense amassed over 2,800 yards and 25 touchdowns. The Dukes averaged 215.5 rushing yards per game, which ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Association and 21st in all of FCS.
Kuhr went to James Madison after spending the 2013 season as a graduate assistant at Old Dominion, where he worked with the running backs and special teams.
He also was an intern under Urban Meyer at Ohio State for two seasons where he coached the same personnel groups. That included mentoring running back Carlos Hyde, who went on to earn All-American honors. Kuhr also assisted in developing game strategies for Ohio State’s special teams against opposing defenses.
He went to Ohio State after a two-year stint as a special teams coordinator at Edward Waters College and began his coaching career as an assistant high school coach at Mandarin and at N.B. Forrest, where he served as offensive coordinator.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Kuhr earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management at Florida in 2013.
JOSEPH KIRCHON | GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH - WIDE RECEIVERS
Joseph Kirchon is in his second year as a member of Texas State’s coaching staff and first year as an offensive graduate assistant coach. He will help coach Texas State’s wide receivers in 2017.
Kirchon came to Texas State in 2016 and helped with the Bobcat offensive skill positions after serving three years as a business consultant in the Washington, D. C. area. In addition, he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va. in 2015. There, he coached four players who went on to sign NCAA Division I scholarships.
He was a quarterback and three-year letterman at Kings College and enjoyed his best season as a senior. That year, he was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference Weekly Honor Roll after completing 25-of-39 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns against Stevenson.
Kirchon also earned MAC Academic All-Star honors in 2009, 2010 and 2011 during his career. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance at Kings College in 2012.
BRETT ELLIOT - QB COACH
Brett Elliott returns to Texas State as the quarterbacks coach in 2018 after serving in a similar capacity at Mississippi State in 2017 and the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Bobcats in 2016.
Last season, Elliott called the offensive plays for the Bulldogs when they upset Louisville and former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, 31-27, in the TaxSlayer Bowl. True freshman Keytaon Thompson made his first career start in the bowl game and completed 11 of 20 passes for 127 yards, and rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries. Elliott also coached dual threat Nick Fitzgerald, who started 12 regular season games and accounted for 2,768 yards and 29 touchdowns on offense. Fitzgerald completed 159 of 286 passes for 1,782 yards and 15 touchdowns, and rushed for 986 yards and 14 TDs on 162 carries before suffering a dislocated ankle injury against Ole Miss. Mississippi State finished the season with a 9-4 record.
Elliott returned to Mississippi State after serving as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas State in 2016 when Tyler Jones set a school record for the most completions in a game with 40, tied another record with 418 yards passing and accounted for five touchdowns in a triple overtime victory at Ohio. Jones later broke the record for most yards passing and TD passes in a game when he threw for 475 yards and five TDs in another win against Incarnate Word.
Elliott originally came to Texas State after he was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at James Madison under Withers in 2015. The Dukes had one of the top offenses in the nation when they ranked second among FCS teams in scoring and total offense with 44.3 points and 528.8 yards per game in 2015. The team led the FCS in third-down conversions with 54 percent, while ranking fifth in passing efficiency with a 158.8 rating, seventh in rushing with 273.8 yards per game and ninth in red-zone offense with 89.4 percent.
Individually, Elliott coached Vad Lee, the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year who led the nation in total offense with 375.5 yards per game and completion percentage at 68.3 percent. He passed for 2,190 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 814 yards and eight scores. Lee also became the only player in NCAA Division I history (FCS and FBS) to pass and run for more than 275 yards in the same game when he threw for 289 yards and set a school record by rushing for 276 yards in James Madison’s 48-45 victory over SMU on Sept. 26, 2015. He set another school record with 565 yards of total offense against the Mustangs. He also earned the “Bill Dudley Award” for the second straight year as the top player in Virginia.
Elliott went to James Madison after serving on the offensive staff for three seasons at Mississippi State. He was a graduate assistant coach in 2012 and served as the offensive quality control specialist in 2013 and 2014. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 11 by the Associated Press in 2014, their highest AP ranking since 1940. They also finished the year ranked 12th in the USA Today coaches poll and that tied for its highest ranking in that poll.
Mississippi State also won 10 games for the first time in school history and played in the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1941. Led by First Team All-Southeastern Conference quarterback Dak Prescott, the Bulldogs broke 29 individual and team single-season records with the top offense in school history in 2014.
Elliott began his coaching career after playing professionally in NFL Europe and the Arena League after signing as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers. He played with the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe and was under contract with the San Jose SaberCats when the league halted operations in 2008. He was a starting quarterback for the Arena League’s Utah Blaze in 2010 and Georgia Force in 2011. He signed with the Chargers after leading Linfield College to an NCAA Division III national championship.
A native of Lake Oswego, Ore., Elliott went to Linfield in 2005, and won the Gagliardi Trophy and Melberger Award, given to the top player in Division III. Elliott was named an All-American twice and led Linfield to the 2004 NCAA Division III national championship. During his playing career, he set Linfield and Northwest Small College single-game, single-season and career passing records. He also broke the all-divisions record for most touchdown passes in one season with 61 scores in 2004. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Linfield in 2006.