Zarnell Fitch

Zarnell  Fitch

Defensive Line Coach | 5th Season

Zarnell Fitch joined the TCU football staff in June 2014 as director of high school relations and was promoted to defensive line coach in January 2016.

In his first season on the field, Fitch coached Aaron Curry into All-Big 12 recognition in 2016. The 2017 campaign saw Corey Bethley and Ross Blacklock earn Freshman All-America honors with Blacklock selected by the conference head coaches as the Big 12 Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Fitch was a two-year letterman (2004-05) on the defensive line for TCU before playing two seasons in the NFL. He spent three years, including the 2013 campaign as head coach, on the football staff at Lincoln High School in Dallas, where he coached TCU wide receiver Emanuel Porter.

While at Lincoln, Fitch was also a special education teacher.

Fitch graduated from TCU in May 2006 with a communications degree and minor in social work. He then worked as a graduate assistant at TCU in both football and academic services.

After his NFL career, Fitch played an additional two seasons in arena football.

Fitch recorded two interceptions his senior year with the Horned Frogs. The second pick came in his final game, a diving grab in the Houston Bowl win over Iowa State.

Fitch started three games at nose tackle while playing in all 12 contests in the 2005 campaign.

Fitch and his wife, Mollie, have three sons, Zarnell III, Hunter and King, and two daughters, Haylee and Hope.

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