Tiffin, Ohio – January 12, 2011 – Heidelberg University head baseball Matt Palm has announced that current assistant coach Chad Fitzgerald has been promoted to associate head coach. Fitzgerald will continue as recruiting coordinator, while increasing his involvement with the program’s budget, fundraising and travel. On the field, Fitzgerald oversees the pitchers and the outfielders.
“I look forward to continue to develop the strong academic and athletic traditions at Heidelberg,” said Fitzgerald. “The baseball program has developed into a leader in the Ohio Athletic Conference and the nation and I am honored to be given the opportunity to help keep Heidelberg as a mainstay amongst the best in Division III.”
Fitzgerald has been a member of the Heidelberg coaching staff since 2008 when he joined as a graduate assistant. Over the course of his time on campus, Fitzgerald has led three All-Americans, the 2010 Mideast Region Pitcher of Year and the 2009 and 2010 OAC Pitcher of the Year. Along the way five hurlers have picked up Mideast Region honors and eight have been All-OAC selections.
In the classroom, Heidelberg’s pitching contingent has excelled, as Nathan James earned the inaugural Elite 88 Award in 2010, to highlight four Academic All-OAC honorees and one all-district pick under Fitzgerald’s mentoring.
During his stint in the Berg dugout numerous Heidelberg records have been set, while the team has claimed the OAC Regular Season Championship and OAC Tournament trophy every year. A season ago, Fitzgerald assisted the Berg in claiming its first Mideast Region Championship and made its first appearance at the NCAA Baseball Championships.
“Coach Fitz has been an integral part of our baseball program since he came on board,” said Palm. “He has elevated our pitching staff to new heights not only on the mound, but in the classroom. I am looking forward to continuing to work with him to add to the success of the Berg baseball family.”
Fitzgerald originally hails from Hermitage, Pa. and was a 2003 graduate of Hickory High School. He went on to be a two-time Academic All-American pitcher at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. Seton Hill racked up 124 victories over the course of his four-year career, including a 45-20 season in 2006. In 2006, Seton Hill also claimed the American Mideast Conference Championship and went on to win the NAIA Region IX and the East Coast Super Regional’s, earning a bid to the NAIA World Series. Fitzgerald posted a 4-1 record on the mound in 10 appearances, with a 3.69 earned run average during the Griffins’ championship season in 2006.