|Date of birth||1951 (age 70–71)|
|Place of birth||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania|
|Alma mater||University of Central Oklahoma|
|Team(s) as a coach/administrator|
(assistant strength &
Weber State University
Avonworth School District
Virginia Destroyers UFL
(strength/ tight ends coach)
Earl Chester "Chet" Fuhrman is a strength and conditioning coach who has worked at the professional level with the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers. He is the strength and tight ends coach for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League (UFL). He has also worked at the collegiate level and high school levels.
Fuhrman was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he attended John Harris High School (renamed Harrisburg High School in 1971). In high school he participated in football and track and developed an interest in weight training. He matriculated at the University of Central Oklahoma where he earned a degree in physical education in 1973.
In 1979 he took a position as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). Two years later, Fuhrman left Penn State to become the first head strength and conditioning coach at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He returned to Penn State the following year when the head strength and conditioning coach position opened up there. He spent the next eleven years at Penn State where he coached such athletes as Steve Wisniewski, Blair Thomas, Mike Munchak and Andre Collins
When Bill Cowher replaced Chuck Noll as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers he brought in Fuhrman to replace Jon Kolb as the team's conditioning coordinator. In 2005, Furhman was voted by his peers in the league as the NFL Strength Coach of the Year. The Steelers won the Super Bowl in the same season
In May 2011, Furhman was hired as assistant coach for the UFL's Virginia Destroyers (formerly the Florida Tuskers) under head coach and general manager Marty Schottenheimer. He will be responsible for coaching the team's tight ends as well as performing as the strength coach.
Fuhrman and his wife, Lisa, have three children — Erica, Maria and Michael.
- "Pittsburgh Steelers bio". Steelers.com. http://news12.steelers.com/team/coach/49270/. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
- "Fuhrman new strength coach". The Daily Collegian (Penn State). March 15, 1982. http://digitalnewspapers.libraries.psu.edu/Default/Skins/BasicArch/Client.asp?Skin=BasicArch&&AppName=2&enter=true&BaseHref=DCG/1982/03/15&EntityId=Ar01801. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
- Faggen, Peter (September 7, 1991). "Beyond the gridiron: Chet Fuhrman". The Daily Collegian (Penn State). http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/1991/09/09-07-91cm/09-07-91cm-05.asp. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- Brown, Scott (July 27, 1992). "Fuhrman flexes as Steeler strength coach". The Daily Collegian (Penn State). http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/1992/07/07-27-92tdc/07-27-92dsports-1.asp. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
- "NFL Notebook: Steelers replace strength coach". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 1, 2007. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07032/758574-66.stm. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
- "Avonworth Names A.D.". The Citizen. August 7, 2009. http://www.thecitizen.us/article/avonworth-names-ad. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
- "A.D. Resigns". The Citizen. April 9, 2010. http://www.thecitizen.us/article/ad-resigns. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
- "UFL Destroyers complete coaching staff". Daily Press (Virginia). May 23, 2011. http://www.dailypress.com/sports/dp-spt-ufl-destroyers-coach-staff-0523,0,219845.story. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
|Penn State strength and conditioning coach
|Pittsburgh Steelers conditioning coordinator
|Virginia Destroyers strength coach
|Virginia Destroyers tight ends coach