Zenarae & Ron Antoine - Work Life Balance for a Coaching Married Couple

by Texas High School Coaches Association
Zenarae & Ron Antoine - Work Life Balance for a Coaching Married Couple


Lecture delivered at THSCA Coaching School 2023 - Houston, TX



The Coach


Texas High School Coaches Association



Zenarae Antoine - Texas State Univ.

Ron Antoine - Buda Johnson

The program’s all-time winningest coach and 2023 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Zenarae Antoine will enter her 13th season leading the Bobcats with the 2023-24 campaign. Since the East Texas native’s first season at the helm in 2011-12 – in which she oversaw one of the best turnarounds in school history – Antoine has taken Texas State to new heights. The list of accomplishments includes a regular season conference championship, five postseason tournament appearances, and 14 all-conference honors collected by the Bobcats. Antoine, a former star post player at Colorado State, has focused the Texas State program on player development on and off the court.

Antoine began her coaching career in 1999-2000 as a graduate assistant at Ohio and has had assistant coaching and recruiting coordinator stops at include Arkansas, Louisville, College of Charleston, and two stints at Ohio.

She came to San Marcos after serving four seasons as an assistant coach at Arkansas. Antoine received her master’s degree from Ohio in 2000 where her coaching career began as a graduate assistant. She coached post players and helped with academics. Antoine played at Colorado State where she was a three-year starter for the Rams. She played her senior season for head coach Tom Collen, with whom she would work later at Louisville and Arkansas. CSU went 24-6 and reached the NCAA second round during his first season as head coach. Antoine graduated from James E. Taylor High School in Katy, Texas and earned her bachelor’s degree in physical science with minors in geology and statistics at Colorado State in 1998. In 2000, she received her master’s in athletic administration at Ohio.

Antoine is a member of the WBCA, the AFCWA, and a 2002 graduate, the inaugural class, of the former Women’s Coaches Academy and now Alliance of Women’s Coaches. She has also served as the Sun Belt Conference Captain for the WBCA, the Women’s Basketball representative for the Sun Belt Conference Sport Committee, and a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional Advisory Committee for the 2016-17 season. Antoine is married to Ronald Antoine and the couple have three sons, Zavier, Zachary and Zayden.

Ron is currently the Recruiting Coordinator/Strength and Conditioning Coach at Buda Johnson HS. Antoine joined the Lamar University coaching staff in January 2020 after spending four seasons at Texas State. He is in his second season working with the Cardinals’ wide receivers and serves as co-offensive coordinator. Antoine arrived in Beaumont after spending four seasons at Texas State, including three years working with the Bobcat receivers. During that time, Antoine produced some of the Sun Belt’s top talent at receiver.

Antoine joined Texas State’s staff after working four years as an assistant at Fresno State, where he was the running backs coach for the Bulldogs in 2015 and coached the outside receivers the three previous years. Antoine’s efforts produced a pair of the most productive wide receivers in school history including current Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver Davante Adams. The Beaumont native went to Fresno after spending two years at South Alabama where he worked with the Jaguars’ wide receivers.

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. During his playing career, he won two WAC championship titles culminating in back-to-back Holiday Bowl appearances. Colorado State also won the WAC championship in 1997 when Antoine served as a student assistant coach. That season the Rams ended the year ranked 17th nationally after defeating 19th-ranked Missouri in the Holiday Bowl.

Antoine is a native of Beaumont, where he graduated from West Brook High School. He went on to earn his degree in exercise and sport science at Colorado State in 1997. Antoine received his master’s degree from Ohio in 2000. They have three sons, Zachary, Zavier and Zayden.

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