|2016||Virginia Tech||Head Coach|
|2004-06||Illinois State||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks|
|2006||Illinois State||FCS Playoffs|
|* - Joined VT prior to bowl game|
Welcome to Hokie Nation
The Fuentes – Justin and Jenny with daughters Charlotte, Cecilia & Caroline
The Memphis Turnaround
Building the Blueprint at TCU
FCS Roots at Illinois State
Fuente played for Blankenship at Tulsa’s Union High School. Blankenship later served as head coach at Tulsa (2011-14) and worked with Fuente at Memphis (2015). He currently is the head coach at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Ark.
"I’d still run through a brick wall for him. Many years later, he’s still my coach, but he’s also become a great friend, confidant and mentor. I’m eternally grateful for everything he’s taught me over the years, lessons that have extended far beyond the football field. He’s taught me about life, how to treat people, how to deal with success and how to overcome adversity." – Fuente
The late Winder served as Oklahoma offensive coordinator when Fuente was quarterbacking the Sooners in the 1990s. Winder retired as Gary Patterson’s quarterbacks coach at TCU following the 2006 season and encouraged Patterson to interview Fuente for that position.
"Coach Winder was as rough and tough and as hard as they come. I would have jumped in front of a train for him, though. He was the polar opposite of Coach Blankenship personality-wise, but what an amazing coach. While my demeanor may be different, a lot of techniques and idosyncracies of coaching offense and quarterbacks specifically, I took from Coach Winder." – Fuente
Before accepting the challenge of rebuilding the Memphis program, Fuente spent five invaluable seasons working with Patterson at TCU from 2007-11 as the Horned Frogs emerged as a national power.
"I patterned many organizational pieces of our program based on the structure of what Coach Patterson had developed at TCU. Working with Gary really prepared me in a number of facets to become a head coach. Gary’s expertise was on defense, but I really appreciated the balance he stuck between giving us his input on the offense and then giving us the freedom to operate, while being mindful of the overall picture with defense and special teams. It was a great lesson and it’s a style I try to emulate with our staff." – Fuente
Prominent QB Pupils
Paxton Lynch (Memphis) - D1-2016 (26th overall) – Denver
Completed 555 of 856 (64.8%) of his passes for 6,807 yards with 50 TDs and 13 INTs in 2014-15.
Andy Dalton (TCU) - D2-2011 (35th overall) – Cincinnati
Two-time Pro Bowler completed 63.8 percent (408 of 639) of his passes for 5,613 yards with 50 TDs and 14 INTs at TCU (2009-10). In 77 career regular season starts, has thrown for 18,008 yards with 124 TDs and 73 INTs, leading the Bengals to five straight playoff berths.
Casey Pachall (TCU)
Completed 66.5 percent of his throws (228 of 343) with 25 TDs and seven INTs in 2011.
Other Prominent NFL Pupils
S Lonnie Ballentine (Memphis) - D7-2014 – Houston
77 tackles, 3 INTs and 10 passes defensed in final two collegiate seasons
T Marcus Cannon (TCU) - D5-2011 – New England
Patriots (2011-16) SB XLIX Champion, 65 career regular season NFL games
WR Skye Dawson (TCU) - FA-2013 – Washington
Buccaneers (2013), Lions (2014), Spent 2015 season in CFL with Calgary and Edmonton
G Jordan Devey (Memphis) - FA-2013 – Memphis
SB XLIX champion with New England Patriots (2013-14), 49ers (2015) and Chiefs (2016)
WR Jeremy Kerley (TCU) - D5-2011 – N.Y. Jets
Jets (2011-15), Lions (2016), 74 career NFL games – 182 receptions for 225 yards with nine TDs
C Jake Kirkpatrick (TCU) - FA-2011 – Indianapolis
2009 All-America selection by Sports Illustrated
CB Bobby McCain (Memphis) - D5-2015 – Miami
Played in 16 games (4 starts) as a rookie 11 INTs, 10 passes defensed in final two collegiate seasons
T Marshall Newhouse (TCU) - D5-2010 – Green Bay
Packers, Bengals, Giants (2010-16), 76 career NFL games (50 starts)
WR Laurent Robinson (Illinois State) - D3-2007 – Atlanta
192 career catches for 3,007 yards with 29 TDs at Illinois State
RB Matthew Tucker (TCU) - FA-2013 – Philadelphia
Eagles (2013-14) 494 carries for 2,602 yards (5.3 avg.) with 33 TDs at TCU
Fun Facts on the Fuentes