Tim Fuller is in his first year as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Louisville.
Fuller has 10 years of experience in basketball coaching, marketing and admininstration. A 2000 graduate of Wake Forest with a degree in communication, he has been an NBA sports marketing field representative for Nike for the past two years.
"Tim has come highly recommended to me by people I respect in the business," said Pitino, who has seen 24 of his former assistant coaches or players become collegiate head coaches. "He has experience in coaching and the private sector with the game of basketball. He has the potential to be an outstanding recruiter and will add a totally different dimension to our staff. We're excited to have Tim as a part of the Cardinal family."
The Woodbridge, Va., native began his career as a volunteer assistant basketball coach at North Carolina A&T while also serving as an intern for the Atlantic Coast Conference (2000-01). After a year as an assistant at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C. where he worked with current New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul, he accepted a position as an assistant coach at Elon under Ernie Nestor in 2003. He advanced to associate coach at Elon for the 2003-04 season before briefly serving as Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Miami (Fla.) under head coach Frank Haith.
"Tim is a rising star in the coaching business," said Haith. "He's a great hire for Louisville. He's been in coaching and has also made great contacts through his recent work with Nike. He's a real team player who will fit in very well with (U of L assistant coaches) Ralph (Willard) and Steve (Masiello)."
He returned to his alma mater in 2004 as Director of Basketball Operations for two seasons on head coach Skip Prosser's staff. He moved to Fairfield (Conn.) University as assistant coach for one season under Ed Cooley (2006-07).
"Tim is a man of great character," said Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre Igoudala,. "He's really helped me along in my career, not just becoming a better basketball player, but also as a better person. He's a great addition to Louisville and I'm sure he'll help their players improve on and off the court."
"Tim is a hard worker," said Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo. "He definitely has a lot to offer as a coach and does what it takes to get the job done. He's been a big help to me. He really believes in you, helps get the best out of you and cares about you as a person."
Fuller, 32, participated as a non-scholarship athlete at Wake Forest under Dave Odom and helped the Demon Deacons rise to as high as No. 2 in the national poll with current San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan as a teammate. He completed his career as co-captain of Wake's 2000 National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Championship team.
"I think Tim is uniquely qualified to be on the Louisville staff," said Odom. "He brings an impressive balance of human qualities that will be useful in recruiting, in addition to a strong passion for teaching the game of basketball. He's articulate, gets along well with everyone and particularly identifies well with young people. He's a terrific person who always comes to work with a smile on his face. I'm delighted that he'll have an opportunity to work with one of the best coaches in all of basketball at a university that annually competes for championships."
Fuller played four seasons at Woodbridge (Va.) Senior High School (1992-96) and started as a post player. Before choosing to pursue collegiate basketball, he spent the summer practicing to become a guard, knowing his 6-4 stature would not allow him to play in the paint at the collegiate level.
He and his wife La'Kicia have three children: Timothy II, Gabriel Elijah and Solomon Dior.
Tim Fuller Up Close
Years at Louisville: First. Joined staff in June 2010 after serving two years as an NBA sports marketing field representative for Nike.
Previous Coaching Experience: Volunteer Assistant Coach, North Carolina A & T (2000-01); Assistant Coach, West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C. (2001-02); Assistant Coach, Elon (2002-03); Associate Coach, Elon (2003-04); Director of Basketball Operations (2004).
Playing Experience: High School - played four years at Woodbridge Senior High School in Woodbridge, Va. College - a four-year letterwinner at Wake Forest (1997-2000), served as co-captain as a senior for the Demon Deacon's 2000 NIT squad.
Education: B.A. degree in communication from Wake Forest in 2000.
Personal Data: Born Feb. 7, 1978 in Harrisburg, Pa.; Married to his wife La'Kicia on Sept. 2, 2000. Three children: Timothy II, Gabriel Elijah, and Solomon Dior.