Congratulate Fitzgerald turned into the head football mentor for the Northwestern University Wildcats in 2006 after Randy Walker, the past head mentor, kicked the bucket. Before assuming control head guiding obligations Pat served as the linebacker mentor for Northwestern on edge side of the head sports football from 2001-2005. Regardless of a 0-2 record in post season bowl diversions Coach Fitzgerald has delighted in a reasonable level of accomplishment in driving the Wildcats to a record more prominent than.500 (27-22) while contending in the testing Big Ten Conference.
Preceding marking on with Northwestern in 2001 as an aide mentor Fitzgerald trained linebackers at the University of Maryland (1998), the University of Colorado (1999), and the University of Idaho (2000) preceding joining the Northwestern Wildcats in 2001. Northwestern in situated in Evanston, Illinois which is a rich north shore Chicago suburb on Lake Michigan. For mentor Fitzgerald the guiding move to the Chicago arrive zone was somewhat of a homecoming as the recognized mentor was conceived in the southwest Chicago suburb of Orland Park and played his own particular school football for Northwestern.
Before Pat transitioned from linebacker mentor to head mentor his forerunner was a man by the name of Randy Walker who guided the Wildcats from 1999-2005. Mentor Walker was in charge of enlisting his inevitable successor. Amid the time that Walker was responsible for the program his group ran 37-46 with their greatest year being the 2000 season when the squad went 8-4 and caught a share of the Big Ten Conference title before being whipped by the University of Nebraska 66-17 in the December 30, 2000 Alamo Bowl. Tragically, Coach Walker kicked the bucket suddenly of a heart assault on June 29, 2006 at the moderately youthful age of 52.
On July 7, 2006, barely seven days since the stunning passing of Coach Randy Walker, Northwestern University named Pat Fitzgerald, the long-term partner to the program, as the new head mentor. At the season of the declaration Pat Fitzgerald was just 31 years of age. At only 31 Pat was at the time the most youthful head mentor in Division-I football by over five years.
In his childhood Pat was a champion player for the Northwestern Wildcats from 1993-1996 where he was twice respected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the year as a linebacker. Subsequent to graduating Fitzgerald quickly considered a NFL vocation while playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 1997 preceding choosing that his actual calling was guiding.
Amid his four year residency Pat Fitzgerald is making Northwestern a pertinent football group in the Big Ten Conference that is regularly quite recently ruled by any semblance of Ohio State, Penn State, and the University of Iowa. In the wake of acquiring a group that went 4-8 in his first season through compelling enlisting Coach Fitzgerald has enhanced the program to records of 9-4 in 2008 and 8-4 in 2009.