Fresno State Bulldogs head football coach Tim Deruyter made headlines recently when he switched up his assistants’ positions. Let’s take a look what he did.
Nov 22, 2014; Reno, NV, USA; Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter , right, gestures from the sideline during the second half of their NCAA college football game against the Nevada wolf pack at MacKay Stadium. (Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports. Fresno won 40-20.)
(C+P) — The Fresno State Bulldogs received a lineup change to their coaching staff Monday.
The position changes are all for the best according to Tim DeRuyter. In regards to the assignment change, DeRuyter goes on to say that he believes the coaching staff is already doing a great job. However, he states that he wants to “challenge and develop our coaches, just as we do our players.”
Ron Antoine and Joe Wade will be switching their positions as well as their responsibilities when it comes to coaching. Antoine will now be coaching the running backs while Wade will coach the outside receivers. Furthermore, Jordan Peterson is now coaching outside linebackers, and Marcus Woodson will keep his position as the secondary coach for the Bulldogs. Nick Toth will also be another coach to keep his position coaching the inside linebackers. DeRuyter believes that in addition to training the players, the coaches also have to undergo training of their own. He says the position changes will bring about some new insights and “some new energy and ideas to their respective position groups as we strive to compete for the Mountain West Championship.”
With the longest running coaching position at Fresno State since 2009, Joe Wade was the only assistant coach DeRuyter kept. Both Antoine and Peterson have been on the staff since DeRuyter hired them in 2012. Antoine has also coached the wide receiver Davante Adams in 2013 and coached three All-Mountain West receivers under his wing. In addition to this, he’s also the program’s recruiting coordinator. Wade has coached the running backs Ryan Matthews, Robbie Rouse and Marteze Waller to all-conference accolades. Matthews is also the all-time leading rusher for Fresno State since 2009.
Though Peterson has been under criticism for his position and replacing Tim McDonald, he was absolutely critical when it came to coaching. A player Peterson coached that comes to mind is safety Phillip Thomas, who in 2012 was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous All-American—the first in the school’s history. In addition to this, another safety, Derron Smith was the 11th player in the history of Fresno State to receive first-team all-conference accolades three times in a playing career, all under Peterson’s wing.
There’s a lot to keep eyes open for as March 2 marks the beginning of spring football. This means the beginning of the fourth year for DeRuyter and his coaching staff. New recruits, a new starting quarterback, defensive line competition, and kicker position are all set to come this spring. With the current coaching lineup, it will be interesting, to say the least.