After four seasons as the head football coach at Hillsboro, Maurice Fitzgerald has resigned as and will take a step back and continue to teach PE and will have an off the field football role at the metro Nashville school.
The Burros were 27-18 under the direction of Fitzgerald and made the Class 5A playoffs all four seasons as they finished 6-3 this season.
“I’m going to stay involved in a supportive role working with our athletes in ACT prep and other things such as fundraising,” Fitzgerald said.
“We have a great football staff assembled her at Hillsboro and its time for them to really do the day-to-day and I think it’s the perfect time for me to step back after 36 years of coaching football.
Fitzgerald has complied an 151-100 overall record which included a 105-77 record in 15 seasons at Pearl Cohn (1989-2013) including back-to-back 4A state titles (1996 and 1997).
Before going to Hillsboro, he coached Stratford for two seasons (2015-16) and the Spartans were 19-5 under Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald coached the defensive line at Nashville Overton in 2014 after leading Smithson Craighead Academy Middle school to three city metro city titles in his four years there (2010-13).
“I have known Maurice for years and have had the opportunity to work with him in two different high schools,” Hillsboro principal Shuler Pelham said in a school press release.
“He is the role model of what every principal hopes that they could have in a coach — he cares about his students, he is a mentor and father-figure to students in our building, off and on the field, and creates life-changing experiences for our athletes.
“While I am sad that he is stepping down from being our head coach, I feel happy for Coach and appreciate that he will still be part of our program moving forward.”
Currently 11 schools in Brainerd, Cloudland, Cumberland Gap, Goodpasture, Hillsboro, KIPP Academy, Maplewood, Northwest, Obion County, South Pittsburg and Zion Christian are looking for a head coach.
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