Justin Fuente, Head Coach
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Justin Fuente was named the 23rd head coach of the Tigers program in a press conference held in the Penny Hardaway Athletics Hall of Fame on the Memphis campus on Dec. 8, 2011.
Fuente takes on his first head coaching stint after serving five seasons on Gary Patterson's staff at TCU from 2007-11. Fuente joined the TCU football coaching staff in February of 2007 as running backs coach and was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in February of 2009. As part of his promotion, he moved to coaching the Horned Frogs quarterbacks and was name Offensive Coordinator. As the OC he helped develop Andy Dalton into the future NFL starting Quarterback who was drafted in the 2nd round to Cincinnati Bengals and lead the Horned Frogs to Back to Back BCS games, including beating Wisconsin in the 2011 Rose Bowl.
Fuente set 11 school records at Murray State, including total offense and passing yards in a game and season. In 1999, he was the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Offensive Player of the Year and a Walter Payton Award finalist, given annually to the nation's top player in Division I-AA. Fuente is a 1999 graduate of Murray State.
In his first year as the Tigers’ Head Football Coach, Fuente’s team achieved milestones as well. The Tigers won the last three conference games to finish .500 in Conference USA. In route to winning more conference games than the previous three seasons combined, the offense improved from an average of 243 yrds per game to 327. Meanwhile, the Defense also had a stellar year in finishing first in total Defense in Conference USA games. Lastly, the Special teams lead the conference in Kickoff coverage as well.
His second year saw a continued improvement in the team which boasted the number 15 ranked defense in the country after 10 games and the Lou Groza Award Winner for the Nation’s Top Punter. Offensively, his true freshman quarterback became only the 10th QB in University of Memphis history to pass for over 2,000 yards while Brandon Hayes become the 16th all-time rusher in just two years.
In his second season, the Tigers continued building a program while simultaneously stepping up in competition level by joining the American Athletic Conference. Entering the season with a top 50 toughest schedule, Fuente challenged 4 nationally ranked opponents, 7 bowl teams including the ACC Coastal Champion, and the Fiesta Bowl Champions.
Year three brings 22 seniors and great enthusiasm.
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