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GSU adds four assistant coaches
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STATESBORO — Georgia Southern football coach Chris Hatcher announced additions to his coaching staff. Two assistant coaches join the offense, one on defense and another in strength and conditioning.
Former NFL wide receiver Ron Dugans will work with the wide receivers and Mitch Stewart has been hired to coach tight ends. Bubba Walker will coach the defensive ends. Dave Jenkerson Jr. will work with the strength and conditioning.
Most recently, Dugans spent the 2006 season with Florida State as a graduate assistant coach on offense. FSU ended its 7-6 season with a victory over UCLA in the Emerald Bowl. The year prior he worked as a graduate assistant with the Florida State strength and conditioning program. He spent five years in the National Football League, the first four with the Cincinnati Bengals then in 2004 with the Tennessee Titans.
A member of the Seminole football program from 1995-99, Dugans won a National Championship his senior year. He started at wide receiver opposite fellow NFL pick Peter Warrick. Dugans holds the distinction of having played in three national championship games with the Seminoles, posting a 45-4 record during his playing career.
 Dugans caught 105 passes in his career totaling 1,520 yards and seven touchdowns. Two of his most impressive games came in postseason play. He caught six passes for 135 yards in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl, then in his last collegiate game tallied five receptions for 99 yards and two TDs in the 2000 Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech.
Stewart has a great deal of experience working with Hatcher’s offense. Stewart was a five-year student-athlete for Hatcher at Valdosta State, playing quarterback. He was part of the 2002 national runner-up squad and 2004 National Championship team. Stewart earned the start in the first round playoff game his senior year.
After his playing days, he served as a graduate assistant coach at Valdosta State, working with the quarterbacks. Last summer he took a job at Newnan High School, assisting the offensive coordinator in implementing the Blazers’ offense there. Last fall Newnan won its first region title in 14 years and qualified for the state playoffs.
Last year, Walker worked as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Georgia with the linebacker corps. The Bulldogs finished eighth nationally in total defense. During the 2004 and 2005 seasons he worked with Hatcher at Valdosta State as a graduate assistant coach with the defensive line.
Walker worked as the linebackers coach at the Academy of Richmond County from 2002-2003 while he wrapped up work on his undergraduate degree at Augusta State. He spent five years working in the business sector before he decided to pursue a collegiate coaching career.
Jenkerson comes to Georgia Southern from Valdosta State where he spent two years as a graduate assistant coach in the strength and conditioning program. He supervised baseball and softball while assisting with football. In the summer of 2005, he worked as an intern with the Rutgers University strength and conditioning department, assisting with the Scarlet Knights football program.
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