|Position:||Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers|
Nate Fuqua, formerly the defensive coordinator at FCS quarterfinalist Wofford, is in his first season as Georgia State’s defensive coordinator under head coach Shawn Elliott. Fuqua also coaches the outside linebackers, as he did at Wofford.
Helping Wofford to a 10-4 record in 2016, Fuqua 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 the last 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.
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 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), 36, 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.