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Patrick William Fitzgerald Jr. (born December 2, 1974) is the current head coach of the Northwestern University Wildcats football team.wikipedia
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Patrick William Fitzgerald Jr. (born December 2, 1974) is the current head coach of the Northwestern University Wildcats football team.
Led by the trio of quarterback Steve Schnur, running back Darnell Autry, and linebacker Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern accomplished one of the most dramatic one-season turnarounds in college football history.

Bronko Nagurski Trophy

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As a linebacker for Northwestern from 1993 to 1996, he won both the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award twice as the best defensive player in college football.

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As a linebacker for Northwestern from 1993 to 1996, he won both the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award twice as the best defensive player in college football.

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He was 31 at the time, making him the youngest head football coach in the Big Ten Conference and NCAA Division I FBS by five years.

2007 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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The 'Cats improved to 6–6 the following year before going 9–3 in the 2008 regular season (5–3 in conference play) and playing in the Alamo Bowl.
Pat Fitzgerald, in his second season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach.

1996 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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Fitzgerald returned for the 1996 season, leading the Wildcats to a 9–3 overall record, a second straight Big Ten Championship and second consecutive New Year's Day bowl, the 1997 Citrus Bowl.

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He was selected after the unexpected death of Randy Walker and announced at a press conference on July 7, 2006. He took a job at the University of Idaho before returning to Northwestern in 2001, where he served as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator until his promotion to head coach after the unexpected death of Randy Walker in June 2006.
On July 7, 2006 Pat Fitzgerald was named to replace him as head coach of the Wildcats.

2011 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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In 2011, the Fitzgerald-led Wildcats defeated #9 Nebraska in Lincoln 28–27 with back-up quarterback Kain Colter guiding the Wildcats in the second half.
Pat Fitzgerald, in his sixth season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach.

2012 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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Fitzgerald became only the second coach in school history to coach two nine-win Wildcat teams during the 2012 campaign that saw the 'Cats go 9–3 in the regular season and 5–3 in the Big Ten.
Pat Fitzgerald, in his seventh season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach.

2009 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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The 2009 season saw the Wildcats go into Iowa City and knock off Iowa 17–10 on November 7.
Pat Fitzgerald, in his fourth season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach.

2010 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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The Wildcats' winning ways under Fitzgerald continued in 2010, highlighted by a dramatic last minute 21–17 upset of then #13 Iowa en route a third straight winning season and a third consecutive bowl game.
Pat Fitzgerald, in his fifth season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach.

2008 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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The 'Cats improved to 6–6 the following year before going 9–3 in the 2008 regular season (5–3 in conference play) and playing in the Alamo Bowl.
Pat Fitzgerald, in his third season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach.

2006 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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He took a job at the University of Idaho before returning to Northwestern in 2001, where he served as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator until his promotion to head coach after the unexpected death of Randy Walker in June 2006.
Pat Fitzgerald, seen by many before the tragedy as Walker's eventual successor, was promoted from linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator to head coach on July 7.

Mike Kafka

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Northwestern finished off the '09 campaign with a thrilling game in the 2010 Outback Bowl that saw Wildcat quarterback Mike Kafka set not only school records with 47 completions on 78 attempts for 532 passing yards but set all-time all-bowl records in those categories as well.
Days before Northwestern faced Nevada in the fourth game of the season, head coach Pat Fitzgerald confirmed that Kafka would remain the starter despite his poor prior performances.

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After graduation, he joined the coaching staff at the University of Maryland in 1998 under head coach Ron Vanderlinden, who had been Fitzgerald's defensive coordinator during his playing days at Northwestern.
Under his guidance, linebacker Pat Fitzgerald was named the 1995 and '96 [[Big Ten Conference football individual awards#Nagurski.E2.80.93Woodson Defensive Player of the Year|Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year]], a two-time All-American, and as the winner of the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award.

2013 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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The 2013 campaign started with high expectations for the Wildcats and hopes of contending for a conference title.
Pat Fitzgerald, in his eighth season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach.

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After the season, Fitzgerald was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.

1995 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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Fitzgerald starred at linebacker for the Wildcats in the mid-1990s, helping to lead the team to a 10–1 regular season record in 1995 and a berth in the 1996 Rose Bowl, the school's second ever bowl appearance and the first since 1949.
Star players included the trio of quarterback Steve Schnur, running back Darnell Autry, and linebacker Pat Fitzgerald, who was named Big Ten and national defensive player of the year.

2014 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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In 2014, the Wildcats entered the year having lost two major weapons from seasons past: All-American Venric Mark transferred and leading wide receiver Christian Jones was lost to a season-ending knee injury.
Pat Fitzgerald, who was in his ninth season at Northwestern, as the team's head coach.

1995 College Football All-America Team

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At one point during the 1995 season he was averaging over 13 tackles a game while on his way to Consensus All-America honors.

2015 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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After suffering through back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in his Northwestern tenure, Fitzgerald faced an uncertain season in 2015.
It was Pat Fitzgerald's tenth season as the team's head coach.

Gary Barnett

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He then moved on to the University of Colorado under his former Northwestern head coach, Gary Barnett.

2016 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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In 2016 the Wildcats looked to build on the success of the season before with a still very young group.
They were led by Pat Fitzgerald who is in his 11th season as the team's head coach.

2017 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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Going into the 2017 the Wildcats hoped to continue the momentum earned in the Pinstripe Bowl and contend for a Big Ten championship.
They were led by 12th-year head coach Pat Fitzgerald.

2010 Outback Bowl

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Northwestern finished off the '09 campaign with a thrilling game in the 2010 Outback Bowl that saw Wildcat quarterback Mike Kafka set not only school records with 47 completions on 78 attempts for 532 passing yards but set all-time all-bowl records in those categories as well.