Northwestern, Fitzgerald agree to epic contract extension initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
After experiences that Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald was open to interviewing for NFL jobs, it seems like he’ll be staying in Evanston for a very long time. The college introduced on Wednesday that they’ve inked Fitzgerald to a brand new contract that ties him to the Wildcats via 2030.
“From the second I stepped on campus as an undergraduate, I’ve believed that is the best College within the nation, with the potential to supply an unmatched student-athlete expertise,” stated Fitzgerald in a press release. “Stacy, Jack, Ryan, Brendan and I’ve all the time been grateful to name Northwestern our dwelling, and be a part of the Wildcats household. With the unparalleled management of President Morty Schapiro, athletic director Jim Phillips, senior vp for enterprise and finance Craig Johnson, vp and basic counsel Stephanie Graham, athletic division chief monetary officer Kevin White, and Chairmen Lanny Martin, Invoice Osborn and Pat Ryan, alongside so many others, we now have constructed the muse to compete for championships in tandem with the perfect educational and private growth alternative wherever in faculty soccer. All of us have quite a bit to be pleased with, however our greatest is but to come back.”
“Now we have top-of-the-line coaches in faculty soccer and, extra importantly, a frontrunner uncommonly suited to this College,” stated Northwestern Vice President for Athletics & Recreation Jim Phillips in a press release. “Over the course of his tenure, Coach Fitzgerald has constructed a tradition of unwavering perception in excellence each on and off the sphere, and led our Wildcats to unprecedented sustained success. They boast unimaginable achievement within the classroom, in the neighborhood and in competitors, and can for years to come back.”
Pete Thamel reports that many NFL groups did attain out to Fitzgerald this offseason, with two groups specifically making a robust push. There have been head coach openings for the Lions, Texans, Falcons, Jets, Jaguars, Eagles, Chargers following the 2020 season. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Texans job was the one one nonetheless vacant.
Fitzgerald turned the Wildcats’ head coach in 2006 and has led Northwestern to a 106-81 report over his 15 seasons with the group. He misplaced his first 4 bowl video games as a head coach, however since then he has gone 5-1 in bowl video games. Fitzgerald gained the Massive Ten Coach of the Yr Award in 2018, and the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Yr Award in 2020. He’s additionally the winningest coach in Northwestern historical past.
His head teaching inventory rose after Northwestern blew out Auburn within the 2021 Citrus Bowl 35-19.