Assistant Coach Promoted to Replace Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald came to Columbia from Harvard University where he held the title of Director of Strength and Conditioning from April 2005 until his appointment at Carolina. While at Harvard, Fitzgerald trained the football, men's and women's basketball, wrestling, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's crew teams. The Harvard football squad won back-to-back Ivy League titles over his final two years.
He oversaw the training of all 41 NCAA teams at Harvard, the largest number in the country.
Prior to his stint at Harvard, Fitzgerald served as the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, from January 2000 to March 2005. At Maryland he directed the training for men's basketball, men's lacrosse, women's volleyball, and wrestling while assisting the training for football.
A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Fitzgerald holds a double degree in political science and history from Maryland, graduating in 1997. He was a three-time letterwinner (1994-96) for the Terrapin football squad.
He began his professional career at The Catholic University of America as its first Director of Strength and Conditioning from 1997-99. He then logged a six-month stint as a graduate assistant at Arizona State University before returning to his alma mater.
Fitzgerald is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through both the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and through the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA).
In May 2010, Fitzgerald earned the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa), the highest honor given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession.
Fitzgerald, 38, and his wife, Mary, have three sons, Mac, Joe and Luke.