Fuller Named Linebackers Coach at Marshall
Herd adds former defensive coordinator to staff
Feb. 13, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall head football coach Doc Holliday announced Wednesday that Adam Fuller has been named the Thundering Herd’s linebackers coach.
Fuller comes to Huntington after four seasons as Chattanooga’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
“Our linebacking corps will benefit greatly from Adam’s addition to the staff,” Holliday said. “He has been very successful everywhere he has been and his experience with this position makes us better.”
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.
“I want to thank Coach Holliday and Marshall University for the opportunity to increase upon the traditions and championships of the past,” Fuller said. “We are focused on doing whatever it takes to be successful at Marshall.”
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.