Fuller reportedly joining Herd staff
HUNTINGTON — It appears Marshall University’s football coaching staff might be gaining a member in the coming days.
Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper beat writer John Frierson reported on Friday afternoon that Chattanooga head coach Russ Huesman confirmed defensive coordinator Adam Fuller was leaving the Mocs to join the Marshall staff.
Fuller has been with the Mocs for four seasons and his defense was Top 20 in the FCS in total defense (307.9 yards per game, 10th), scoring defense (20.36 points per game, 18th) and turnover margin (plus-8, 14th) in 2012.
It is not known what role Fuller will serve on the Thundering Herd staff. In addition to being defensive coordinator, Fuller was in charge of linebackers during his time at Chattanooga.
The potential hiring of Fuller comes two days after Marshall head coach Doc Holliday announced defensive assistant Anthony Midget left to join the staff at Penn State.
Midget, who was hired Jan. 28, did not have a defined role at the time of his departure.
Fuller could fill the defensive assistant role or assume the vacant linebacker coach position left when former defensive coordinator Chris Rippon resigned following the end of the 2011 season.
Since then, former Temple defensive coordinator Chuck Heater was hired as the Marshall defensive coordinator, but his former emphasis was with defensive backs.
Speculation surrounding the vacant linebacker position centered around former WVU and Marshall assistant Steve Dunlap, who was relieved of his roles as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach with the Mountaineers on Jan. 5.
Dunlap previously served on the Marshall staff as defensive coordinator in 2007 under Mark Snyder and has a longstanding relationship with Holliday. He then returned to West Virginia in the 2008 season.
Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick sent word Friday through sports information director Jason Corriher that Marshall cannot confirm the hiring of Fuller at this time.