|Position:||Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers|
Nate Fuqua joined the Georgia State staff in 2017 as defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach under head coach Shawn Elliott.
In his first season running the Panther defense, Fuqua was nominated for the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach. His unit set GSU season records for fewest points per game (24.75), fewest rushing yards per game (136.4), fewest yards per rushing attempt (4.13) and most sacks (24). The Panthers also recorded the first shutout in school history while setting single-game records for fewest rushing yards allowed (minus-2) and most sacks (seven).
Fuqua coached All-Sun Belt Conference outside linebacker Michael Shaw, while his defense also featured four other all-conference honorees, including Academic All-America cornerback and Senior Bowl invitee Chandon Sullivan. Following the season, three Panthers defenders--Sullivan, defensive end Mackendy Cheridor and cornerback B.J. Clay--signed NFL free agent contracts, while noseguard Julien Laurent was a first-round selection in the 2018 CFL Draft.
Fuqua came to Georgia State from Wofford, which he helped to a 10-4 record and a berth in the FCS quarterfinals in 2016 as he directed a defense that ranked fifth in the nation in total defense (287.2 ypg), sixth in scoring defense (17.1 ppg) and 12th in rushing defense (101.8 ypg). The Terriers, who fell to Youngstown State in double overtime in the FCS quarterfinals, posted three shutouts during the season.
Fuqua spent 12 seasons at Wofford, his alma mater, including the last three years as defensive coordinator. In each of his three seasons running the defense, the Terriers led the Southern Conference in rushing defense while ranking fourth in the FCS in 2014 and 12th in 2016.
He originally joined the Wofford staff in 2005, assisting with the linebackers for two seasons before taking over as the outside linebackers coach in 2007. From then on, he helped the Terriers reach the FCS playoffs in six of his last 10 years on the staff while winning three Southern Conference Championships.
Among the top players he coached was All-American and three-time all-conference outside linebacker Alvin Scioneaux. He tutored numerous other all-conference and all-freshman selections during his time at Wofford.
A nose tackle in college, Fuqua was a four-time All-Southern Conference performer and a two-time All-American for the Terriers, including first-team recognition as a senior in 2002. He was elected to the Wofford College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Fuqua (pronounced FEW-quay), 38, is a native of Danville, Ky., where he was an all-state player at Danville High School. He is married to the former Tiffany Webb and the couple has a daughter, Natalie Marie, and a son, Webb Kirkland.