Kevin Fitzpatrick enters his fifth season at Charlotte. He began coaching for the 49ers as a volunteer assistant, before spending the past three seasons as a full-time assistant throws coach. In April 2012, he stepped down from that position to pursue a career path outside coaching, but will remain with the program as a volunteer assistant. Fitzpatrick got his start in coaching in 1999 at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, Calif., while he was a resident-athlete at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego.
Last season, Fitzpatrick tutored Jake Deaton to one of the best seasons for a Charlotte thrower ever. Deaton set school records in the indoor shot put and discus, won conference titles in the indoor shot put as well as the outdoor shot put in meet-record fashion and qualified for the Outdoor NCAA East Preliminary Round in the discus and shot put. He also led Mike Moore to his first conference title in the javelin, Lindsey Pate to her existing school record in the discus, and Sharonda Bailey to a school record in the hammer and the weight throw.
In his first year at Charlotte, 2006-07 season, Coach Fitzpatrick volunteered on the staff guiding the throwers to two school records, three A-10 conference runner-ups, and a slew of personal records. During winter break of that year he attended and completed his USA Track and Field level one coaching certification.
In the 2007-08 season, Coach Fitzpatrick helped the throws team increase their contribution in the Atlantic 10 Championship performance. A-10 indoor runner -up Jason Roberts (shot put), A-10 outdoor runner-up Jarryd Novotni (shot put, hammer), third-place finisher Lindsey Pate (discus), fifth-place finisher Jason Roberts (shot put, hammer), Mike Moore (sixth javelin) and Sharonda Bailey (seventh discus) all contributed in the team's championship effort. In conjunction with the championship season, school records were rewritten by Ashley Wiley (weight throw) and Lindsey Pate (discus).
In the summer of 2008 Fitzpatrick obtained his National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) certification. Also during the off season he was promoted to Assistant Coach by Head Coach Bob Olesen to be in charge of recruitment and development of throws.
In the 2008-09 season, Coach Fitzpatrick helped the throws team to the next level as Charlotte picked up its first A-10 championship award when Jason Roberts was named A-10 Outdoor Field Performer of the Year for winning the shot put, runner-up at discus, and fifth in the hammer. Other all-conference honors that Charlotte picked up were javelin runner-up (Mike Moore), runner-up in the indoor shot (Jake Deaton), and discus third place (Jake Deaton). Other key contributors on the throws team were Sharonda Bailey placing 8th at weight throw and 7th in discus, Caitlin van Dodewaard 5th in indoor shot put and Lindsey Pate 4th in discus. In conjunction with the championship season, the school discus record was broken by Jason Roberts and Lindsey Pate.
During his days in competition, Fitzpatrick was ranked in the top ten in the United States for 12 out of 13 years. He was ranked 21st in the world in 1998, 14th in 1997 as well as placed 5th at the World University Games in 1995, Silver Medalist at the Olympic Festival in 1995, Bronze Medalist at the Olympic Festival in 1994, two time All-American while at the University of Tennessee, and a High School All-American in 1988.
The youngest of four children, Coach Fitzpatrick accepted a scholarship at the University of Tennessee where he earned a degree in Psychology and All-American status in Track and Field. He competed in the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic Trials finishing in the top ten each time. His best finish was in 2004 where he finished sixth, just three places away from a trip to the Olympic Games.
Kevin and his wife Norma Jean Fitzpatrick have one child, daughter Tyler.