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Mocs lose defensive coordinator Adam Fuller

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defensive coordinator Adam Fuller resigned Wednesday to accept a position as linebackers coach at Marshall University on the Football Bowl Subdivision level.

The move, which was first reported by our media partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, means the Mocs will enter spring practice next month with new coordinators on both sides of the ball. Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield left for the same position at Temple in December, and was replaced by former James Madison assistant Jeff Durden last month.

Fuller was hired as part of head coach Russ Huesman's first staff at Chattanooga in 2009, and built the Mocs into one of the Southern Conference's top units over the past four years.

"He had great success here and he was a great friend of mine," Huesman said Friday afternoon following the Mocs' first mat drills workout of the offseason. "Eight of the last nine years we've been together. When I was a coordinator, he was my right-hand man. As a head coach, having him was so valuable because he's a great person and a great coach.

"It was just a matter of time before someone saw the job that he does. We were fortunate to keep him for four years."

UTC ranked in the top two or three in the league in nearly every key statistical category the past two years, most recently finishing second in both total defense (308.4 yards per game) and scoring defense (20.4 points per game) in 2012.

He was also one of the Mocs' top recruiters, receiving praise from Huesman during Wednesday's signing day press conference for his work in the state of Florida.

Fuller actually turned down Marshall's initial offer Tuesday, and as of Wednesday night Huesman said his plans were to remain at UTC. But the Thundering Herd came back Thursday with an offer Fuller couldn't refuse.

"They definitely sweetened the pot for him on Thursday," Huesman said. "They said we'll add on this, this and this, and really made it that he might be the most valuable linebackers coach in the United States of America right now."

Huesman does not have a timetable for hiring Fuller's replacement, and said there's no rush with more than a month to go before spring practice.

Having both coordinators hired away by FBS schools speaks volumes for how far Chattanooga football has come the last four years, but Huesman described the thought as a bittersweet positive spin on the changes.

"I don't want this to be an attractive place for big schools to find coaches," Huesman said with a grin. "We don't want to just become a feeder system, but obviously when you have good coaches, these things happen."

The Mocs also lost running backs coach Thomas Brown to new FBS school Georgia State. He was replaced by former UTC offensive lineman Chris Harr, who worked last year as a graduate assistant and will now coach tight ends.

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