Pat Fitzgerald

Pat Fitzgerald
Birth Date:12/02/1974
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Position:Head Coach

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Pat Fitzgerald is the head coach for the Northwestern University Wildcats football team. In July of 2006, Fitzgerald was selected as head coach, after the unexpected death of Randy Walker. When he was appointed as head coach, he was only 31 years old, which made him the youngest coach for a team in the Big Ten Conference and in the NCAA Division I-A.

Coach Fitzgerald has been with the NU Wildcats since he played for them as a star linebacker during his college career. Fitzgerald helped lead his team to a 10-1 record in 1995 and to the Rose Bowl in 1996, which they hadn’t attended since 1949. The Rose Bowl, for Fitzgerald, was a major let down since he broke his leg and wasn’t able to play. When he returned for the 1996 season, Pat Fitzgerald led his team to the 1997 Citrus Bowl. During his college career, Fitzgerald was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year twice, along with winning the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award in 1995 and again in 1996. Pat Fitzgerald was also named the 15th Northwestern player or coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Before beginning his coaching legacy, Fitzgerald played with the Dallas Cowboys for a brief stint. Fitzgerald has been hugely successful in his coaching career with the opportunity to coach for the University of Maryland before settling in at his alma mater, Northwestern University.

Pat Fitzgerald’s passion for his team, his knowledge of the game and his adoration for the game of football shine through in every game he is at. Make sure to attend a Northwestern University Wildcats Football game to watch the magic happen!


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