Stephon Fuqua joined the University of Cincinnati athletics department as an academic advisor in August 2012 after working in various advising and mentoring positions at Eastern Kentucky University for three years.
At UC, Fuqua works primarily with the men's basketball and men's track and field squads, guiding student-athletes toward developing academic and graduation plans, monitoring their academic progress and helping them become well-rounded individuals.
Fuqua served as an academic advisor to students in the college of justice and safety at EKU during the 2011-12 school year. He worked closely with the Student-Athlete Academic Success Center to ensure student-athletes were on pace with their graduation track. He also designed and implemented policies and procedures that encouraged and promoted student accountability for their academic progress.
Fuqua worked as an academic skills coordinator in the department of academic readiness and testing at EKU from 2010-2011. His responsibilities included assisting with the office of Disabilities Services, implementing accommodations for students with identified learning challenges and concerns. He also coordinated and oversaw the First Step to College Success program which helped at-risk student succeed in college.
As an athletics academic mentor and Life Skills Assistant at EKU from 2009-2010, Fuqua monitored the academic progress of student-athletes and devised plans and strategies placing them on a path toward earning their degrees. He also assisted in organizing activities, orientations and CHAMPS/Life Skills events for student-athletes and department staff.
Fuqua earned a bachelor's degree in business and organizational communication from Akron in 2008. He also participated in football and track as a student-athlete with the Zips, helping Akron to the 2005 Mid-American Conference championship in football. He later was a 2009 undrafted free agent of the NFL's New Orleans Saints.
Fuqua received a master's of sports management degree from EKU in 2010. From 2010 to July 2012, he also served as an adjunct professor for Midway College's sports management program and was head cross country and assistant track coach at Model Laboratory School in Richmond, Ky.