Cowboys Return 18 Starters, Including 9 on Offense, 8 on Defense and 1 on Special Teams
Scott Fuchs will begin his 22nd season as a college coach in 2015. He brings a great deal of knowledge coaching offensive linemen with him to Wyoming as 20 of his previous 21 years of coaching experience have been as an offensive line coach. In 10 of his previous 21 seasons as a college coach, Fuchs has helped coach his teams to either the NCAA Division II or Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs.
In 2014, Fuchs coached senior offensive tackle Connor Rains, who signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos following his senior season. Fuchs also coached 2014 Honorable Mention All-Conference offensive guard Chase Roullier, who will return for his junior season in 2015.
An outstanding offensive lineman himself, Fuchs was named to the 1993 Kodak/American Football Coaches Association First Team All-America squad as a senior offensive guard at North Dakota State. NDSU won three consecutive North Central Conference rushing titles during his three years as a starter. He was part of three North Central Conference Championship teams at NDSU in 1990, ‘91 and ‘92. The 1990 Bison captured the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Fuchs coached the offensive line at North Dakota State, his alma mater the previous five seasons (2009-13) before coming to Wyoming.
From 2011 through 2013, Fuchs helped NDSU to a 43-2 (.956) overall record and a 22-2 (.917) Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) mark on way to its three consecutive FCS national titles. The 2013 NDSU squad became the first undefeated (15-0) FCS National Champion since Marshall went 15-0 to win the 1996 title. That 15-0 record by the Bison also set a North Dakota State school record. NDSU extended its winning streak to 24 consecutive games with the 2013 FCS Championship. That tied both the FCS and NDSU records for consecutive victories. The University of Pennsylvania set the FCS record of 24 consecutive wins from 1992-95. Montana later tied the record from 2001-02. The NDSU record was originally set from 1964-66.
In 2012 and 2013, Fuchs coached Consensus First Team All-America offensive tackle Billy Turner. Turner was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. In 2011, Fuchs coached Consensus All-America offensive tackle Paul Cornick, and center Joe Lund, who was selected as the FCS Rimington Award winner, which is presented to the top center in the nation each season. All total, Fuchs has coached nine All-Americans and 31 All-Conference performers during his career.
Fuchs has been on coaching staffs that have won nine conference titles during his college coaching career.
In 2013, the North Dakota State offense ranked No. 10 in the nation in scoring offense (38.7 points per game), No. 7 in rushing offense (257.3 yards per game) and No. 14 in total offense (457.5 yards per game).
Fuchs offensive lines helped pave the way for North Dakota State to have a 1,000-yard rusher for 11 consecutive seasons. In 2011, ‘12 and ‘13, the NDSU offense featured a pair of 1,000-yard rushers each season. The 2011 season was the first time in NDSU school history that the Bison offense featured two 1,000-yard rushers and a 1,000-yard receiver in the same season. Sam Ojuri rushed for 1,105 yards, and DJ McNorton tallied 1,020, while receiver Warren Holloway had 1,003 receiving yards. In 2012, Ojuri (1,047 yards) and John Crockett (1,038) each rushed for 1,000 yards. The 2013 season saw Ojuri (1,398) and Crockett (1,277) duplicate their 1,000-yard seasons of the previous year, while the 2013 offense also featured 1,000-yard receiver Zach Vraa (1,191 receiving yards).
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Fuchs coached one season at Southern Illinois in 2008. That team tied for the conference title and advanced to the First Round of the FCS Playoffs. He also coached at Grand Valley State (2007), Nebraska-Omaha (2003-06), Minnesota-Crookston (2000-02), Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1999) and Valley City State (1997-98). The only school he did not coach the offensive line was his one season at Wisconsin-Eau Claire when he coached the defensive line.
Fuchs’ first position as a college coach was as a graduate assistant at NDSU working with the tight ends from 1994-96.
Fuchs earned his bachelor of science degree from North Dakota State in physical education and social science education in 1995 and his master of education degree with a specialization in physical education and athletic administration in 1997.
Scott and his wife, Emily, have three boys, Hank, Jack and Gus.