Former Oklahoma and Murray State quarterback Justin Fuente is in his sixth season on the Redbird staff, spending all six seasons working with the ISU quarterbacks. He enters his third season as the offensive coordinator.
During his span as coordinator of the Redbird offense, ISU has registered record-setting and conference leading numbers. The 'Birds have led the Gateway in total offense in two of the last three seasons.
In 2005, the Redbirds ranked No. 5 nationally in both total offense (477.55) and scoring offense (39.18). The 'Birds were also first in the league in passing offense with 268.73 yards per game.
His knowledge of the Redbirds' offensive system is unique since he played in the same scheme at Murray State during a time when Denver Johnson was the head coach.
Fuente, a highly-recruited high school product from Tulsa, Okla., set an OU freshman record with 11 touchdown passes before moving on to Murray State where he became one of the most prolific throwers in I-AA football.
He set 11 Racer records, including total offense and passing yards in a season and game.
Fuente was the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, the highest honor bestowed to an offensive player in Division I-AA.
After his Murray State career, Fuente played in the Arena League with the Oklahoma Wranglers.
An all-academic pick at both of his college stops, Fuente holds a degree in finance from Murray State.
Fuente also has been active in community service projects and is a past spokesperson for the United Way.
He and his wife, Jenny, the associate head coach for the Illinois State volleyball team, reside in Bloomington.
2001- Illinois State, Assistant Coach