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Fuller was named Linebackers Coach in February of 2013. He came to Huntington after four seasons as Chattanooga's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
In 2014, Fuller coached Neville Hewitt, who earned fourth-team All-America honors from Phil Steele and Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors. Hewitt led the league in tackles with 123, while teammate Jermaine Holmes, who made 104 stops, earned second-team honors. D.J. Hunter also earned honorable mention acclaim. His kickoff team posted 112 kickoffs and 48 touchbacks (tops in C-USA) and his punt return unit also produced an honorable mention honoree in Tommy Shuler.
In 2013, Fuller mentored all-league linebackers Holmes and Evan McKelvey (honorable mention) and was a member of the staff that helped make the biggest scoring defense turnaround in the nation. His kickoff team led the league with 101 kickoffs and was second in touchbacks with 52. His punt return unit finished with a 12.31-yard average, good for third in the league, which helped punt returner Devon Smith achieve second-team all-league honors.
In 2012, Fuller's defense ranked in the top 18 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in nearly every category, including first down defense (6th, 15.7 per game), total defense (10th, 307.91), pass defense (12th, 166.0) and scoring defense (18th, 20.4).
In 2011, UTC led the Southern Conference in total defense (305.3 yds/game), scoring defense (19.7 ppg), pass efficiency defense (100.15), pass defense (140.8 yds/game), turnover margin (+9), fumbles recovered (14), opponent third-down conversion (33%) and opponent fourth down conversion (38%) in 2011.
The Mocs ranked in the top 20 in the nation in sacks and passing defense in 2009 and third in the SoCon in rushing defense in 2010. UTC was also in the top 20 in the nation with 14 fumbles recovered in 2010.
In four seasons, Fuller helped guide 13 defensive players to All-Southern Conference honors, including two-time All-American linebacker Wes Dothard and All-American defensive end and Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year Davis Tull. He also mentored 2010 SoCon Freshman of the Year Kadeem Wise and 2009 SoCon Defensive Player of the Year and All-American Josh Beard. Cornerback Buster Skrine became the first Moc drafted since 2001 when he was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris signed a free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals and saw action during the 2012 regular season and playoffs.
Prior to his stint at UTC, Fuller was the head coach for one season at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. He worked with Coach Russ Huesman when they were both at Richmond from 2005-07. There, he helped the Spiders to back-to-back conference championships and appearances in the FCS playoffs.
Fuller began his coaching career as a linebackers coach at WPI (1998). He also coached at Wagner College (1999-04), where he was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2004.
As a collegian, Fuller was a four-year letter winner at Sacred Heart University. He earned Football Gazette All-American honors as a linebacker in 1996 and served as team captain in 1997.
A Tewksbury, Mass., native, he played varsity football at Tewksbury High. Fuller earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology in 1998. In addition, he earned a master's in secondary education in 2001 from Wagner. He and his wife, Hope, have two sons, Jack and Aidan.