11 Jul Craig Fitzgerald
University of Tennessee
Craig Fitzgerald is in his third season as head strength and conditioning coach with the Houston Texans.
In 2015, Houston earned its first AFC South Division Championship since 2012. In Fitzgerald’s first year in 2014, the Texans led the NFL with a seven-win improvement from 2013 and became the sixth team since 1978 to post a winning season following a year in which it won two-or-less games.
Fitzgerald served as Penn State’s director of strength and conditioning from 2012-13 after spending the previous three seasons (2009-11) overseeing the University of South Carolina strength & conditioning program for football.
Prior to his time at South Carolina, Fitzgerald held the title of director of strength and conditioning at Harvard, where the football team won back-to-back Ivy League titles over his final two years. While at Harvard, he oversaw the training of all 41 NCAA teams, the largest number in the country.
From 2000-05, Fitzgerald served as the assistant director of strength and conditioning at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, where he directed the training for men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, women’s volleyball, and wrestling, while assisting with the training for football.
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.
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 team.
Fitzgerald is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through both the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSC- Ca).
In May 2010, Fitzgerald earned the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the CSCCa, the highest honor given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession.