Buster Faulkner

American football coach

Buster Faulkner
Current position
TitleOffensive coordinator, tight ends coach
TeamGeorgia Tech
Biographical details
Born (1981-09-19) September 19, 1981 (age 42)
Lilburn, Georgia, U.S.
Playing career
2000–2003Valdosta State
2004Texas A&M–Commerce
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2005Valdosta State (SA)
2006Georgia (GA)
2007Valdosta State (QB)
2008Valdosta State (OC/QB)
2009Central Arkansas (QB)
2010Murray State (OC/QB)
2011–2015Middle Tennessee State (OC/QB)
2016Arkansas State (OC)
2017–2018Arkansas State (OC/TE)
2019Southern Miss (OC/QB)
2020–2022Georgia (QBQC)
2023–presentGeorgia Tech (OC/TE)

Buster Faulkner (born September 19, 1981) is an American football coach and former player. He is the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach for Georgia Tech.

College career

Faulkner played three years at Valdosta State, passing for 7,100 yards and 64 touchdowns while helping the team achieve a 47–6 record. His best year for Valdosta State came during his sophomore year where he completed 327 of 503 passes for 3,941 yards and 44 touchdowns. He helped lead the Blazers to a 14–1 record and an appearance in the national championship game.[1] Faulkner transferred to Texas A&M-Commerce for his senior year.[2] In his lone season with Texas A&M-Commerce, he passed for 2,861 and 16 touchdowns, setting 10 school records.[1]

Coaching career

Faulkner started his coaching career in 2005 as a student assistant for Valdosta State. After one year at Valdosta State, Faulkner became a graduate assistant at Georgia for the 2006 season. Faulkner then returned to Valdosta State as their quarterbacks coach for one season, after which he was promoted to be their offensive coordinator. Faulkner then moved on to Central Arkansas for the 2009 season as the team's quarterbacks coach.[3] Faulkner was then hired as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the Murray State Racers.[4] In 2011 Faulkner was hired by Middle Tennessee as their quarterbacks coach.[5] However mid-way through the 2011 season offensive coordinator Willie Simmons was charged with aggravated assault and resigned from his job, resulting in Faulkner being promoted to offensive coordinator.[6] After four season with Middle Tennessee State, Faulkner moved to Arkansas State as their offensive coordinator.[7][8] After three years with Arkansas State, Faulkner became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southern Miss.[9][10] After one season with Southern Miss, Faulkner left for Georgia to be an offensive quality control coach for them.[11][12] In his three years with Georgia he won two national championships.[13] Faulkner would then be hired by Georgia Tech as their offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b "BUSTER FAULKNER". Southern Miss Athletics. Retrieved May 22, 2023.
  2. ^ "Faulkner transfers from VSU". WALB. Retrieved May 22, 2023.
  3. ^ "Buster Faulkner". Georgia Tech Athletics. Retrieved May 24, 2023.
  4. ^ Dilliard, Tommy. "All in the family: Offensive coordinator Faulkner at center of coaching circle". Murray Ledger & Times. Retrieved May 24, 2023.
  5. ^ "A Q&A with quarterbacks coach Buster Faulkner". Middle Tennessee State University Athletics. Retrieved May 24, 2023.
  6. ^ Faulkner named new MTSU play caller DNJ.com, October 17, 2011
  7. ^ "Arkansas State football hires Buster Faulkner as Offensive Coordinator". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 24, 2023.
  8. ^ "Arkansas State hires new offensive coordinator". The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved May 24, 2023.
  9. ^ McDougle, Anthony. "Reports: Southern Miss football hires Buster Faulkner as offensive coordinator". Hattiesburg American. Retrieved May 24, 2023.
  10. ^ Magee, Patrick. "Southern Miss football coach Jay Hopson hires a new offensive coordinator". Sun Herald. Retrieved May 24, 2023.
  11. ^ "Georgia hires Buster Faulkner to support staff". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 24, 2023.
  12. ^ Jackson, Wilton. "Southern Miss offensive coordinator leaves program for job at Georgia". Clarion Ledger. Retrieved May 24, 2023.
  13. ^ "Georgia Bulldogs School History". Sports Reference. Retrieved May 24, 2023.
  14. ^ "FEATURED Georgia Tech hires Parkview grad Buster Faulkner, who works with Georgia Bulldogs QBs, as offensive coordinator". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved May 24, 2023.
  15. ^ "Report: Georgia Tech Has Made A Hire For an Offensive Coordinator". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 24, 2023.

External links

  • Georgia Tech coaching bio
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2007 Valdosta State Blazers football—NCAA Division II national champions
Head coach
David Dean
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2021 Georgia Bulldogs football—consensus national champions
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2022 Georgia Bulldogs football—consensus national champions