Justin Fuente joined the TCU football coaching staff in February 2007 as running backs coach and was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in February 2009. As part of his new duties, he moved from running backs coach to quarterbacks coach.
In both of Fuente's first two seasons as a coordinator, TCU set single-season school records for touchdowns, points scored and first downs while also ranking among the nation's most productive units. The Horned Frogs won 25 of 26 games and made back-to-back BCS appearances, including winning the 2011 Rose Bowl.
The 2011 Horned Frogs became the first team to win the Mountain West championship in three consecutive seasons. TCU is 10-2 and ranked 15th as it heads to the Poinsettia Bowl. The Horned Frogs are again among the national leaders in total offense with their average of 443.9 yards per game.
In 2010, Fuente helped direct TCU to single-season school marks in touchdowns (73), points scored (541), total offense (6,199 yards) and first downs (327). The Horned Frogs ranked fourth nationally in scoring (41.6 points per game), sixth in passing efficiency (166.9), 10th in rushing (247.4 yards per game) and 12th in total offense (476.9 yards per game).
Under Fuente's tutelage, quarterback Andy Dalton became TCU's career leader in every major passing record. The 2011 second-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals also set Mountain West Conference all-time marks for total offense (11,925 yards) and plays from scrimmage (1,730).
Dalton, a two-time MWC Offensive Player of the Year and three-time bowl game most valuable player, finished ninth in 2010 Heisman Trophy voting. He was a finalist for the Manning Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Bobby Bowden Award, while being a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award and Maxwell Award.
In his first season as co-offensive coordinator, Fuente helped direct a record-setting 2009 TCU attack. The Horned Frogs established single-season school marks for points scored (498), total offense (5,937 yards), touchdowns (65) and first downs (311).
TCU ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense (239.5 yards per game) and scoring (38.3 points per game) while placing seventh in total offense (456.7 yards per game) and eighth in passing efficiency (154.1).
With Fuente as running backs coach in 2008, the Horned Frogs defined running back by committee. TCU ranked 12th nationally in rushing despite not having a player in the top-96 individually. TCU's 220.2 yards per game rushing was its highest mark since 2000, when LaDainian Tomlinson keyed a Frog ground attack that averaged 275.6 per game.
Fuente coached tailback Aaron Brown into being a sixth-round selection by the Detroit Lions in the 2009 NFL draft.
Fuente came to TCU after spending the previous six seasons as quarterbacks coach at Illinois State. His final three years saw him double as the Redbirds' offensive coordinator.
Fuente played two seasons (1996-97) at Oklahoma under former TCU quarterbacks coach and then-Sooners offensive coordinator Dick Winder. Fuente set an Oklahoma freshman record with 11 touchdown passes. He transferred to Murray State for his final two years of eligibility.
Fuente set 11 school records at Murray State, including total offense and passing yards in a game and season. He was the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the nation's top player in Division I-AA.
Under Fuente's direction, Illinois State ranked in the top 10 nationally in total offense in 2005 and 2006. The Redbirds placed eighth in 2006 with an average of 397.5 yards per game after ranking fifth in both total offense (477.6 yards) and scoring (39.2 points) in 2005.
Fuente coached Redbird quarterback Luke Drone to first-team All-Gateway Conference honors as he led the league in passing (227.8 yards) and total offense (231.6 yards). Running back Pierre Rembert set an Illinois State single-season record while ranking sixth nationally in rushing with 1,743 yards (134.1 per game).
Following his collegiate career, Fuente played professionally with the Oklahoma Wranglers in the Arena League. A 1999 graduate of Murray State, Fuente is a native of Tulsa, Okla.
Fuente and his wife, Jenny, have two daughters.
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