Devin “Fitz” Fitzsimmons, who has coached with new University of Delaware head coach Dave Brock at both Kansas State and Rutgers, was named the Blue Hens' special teams coordinator and tight ends coach in February, 2013.
A native of New Orleans, Fitzsimmons played quarterback and wide receiver at Bucknell University and earned his degree in history with a minor in religion in 2005. As a player, he won the Bucknell Football Moxie Award for special contributions to the program in 2004.
“We are excited to have Fitz join our staff here at Delaware,” said Brock. “I have had the opportunity to work with him in two of my previous stops. He is an excellent teacher and communicator. He will bring an attacking style of special teams that we are looking to play.”
Fitzsimmons began his coaching career as quarterbacks coach at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. and returned to his alma mater to work with receivers at Bucknell during the 2006 campaign. He moved on to Kansas State where he worked closely with Brock for two seasons, serving as an offensive assistant and as coordinator of football operations.
He later worked at Virginia where he was a graduate assistant coach in 2009 and moved cross-state to Richmond for the 2010 campaign as tight ends coach. Fitzsimmons spent the 2011 season in the NFL with Indianapolis as offensive quality control assistant before returning to work with Brock at Rutgers during the recently completed 2012 season.
“It is truly an honor to be able to work for the premier FCS program in the country,” said Fitzsimmons. “I have always admired and respected Delaware football and the way that they play the game. I am grateful to be here. I firmly believe in Coach Brock’s motto ‘Together We Will.’ I will do my best to be a part of that.”
“While with the Colts, Coach Fitz displayed the ability to teach both in the meeting room and on the field,” said Colts’ All-Pro wide receiver Reggie Wayne. “He and his players will be the most prepared when Delaware plays on Saturdays.”
“Coach Fitzsimmons is one of the most talented, bright, and hard-working young coaches in the business,” said Jim Caldwell, current offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and former Colts head coach. “He is the product of a new breed of coaches who are excellent fundamental instructors and skilled communicators both verbally and technologically. Coach Fitz is destined for a bright future in the profession.”