Jay Fitzgerald begins his fourth year as the goalkeeping coach for both the Horned Frog men's and women's soccer teams.
The 6-foot, 6-inch All-American goalkeeper who attended Creighton University has gained six years of coaching experience since graduating in 1995.
As a starter for national-power Creighton, Fitzgerald helped power the Bluejays to three consecutive NCAA appearances from 1993 to 1995. During his senior season in Omaha, Fitzgerald was named the Missouri Valley Conference's Defensive Player of the Year. He was also awarded first-team all-conference, academic first-team all-conference and second-team all-Midwest Region accolades.
He ranks first in school history at Creighton in shutouts (25), winning percentage (.809) and goalkeeping wins (53). He also ranks second with a career goals-against average of 1.05.
Following his collegiate career, Fitzgerald participated with the United States Olympic Team and played in the Olympic Festival in Denver, Colo. He first moved to the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex after earning a roster spot with the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer in the league's inaugural season of 1996. Fitzgerald suited up in the country's premier league for parts of the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
From 1997-98 he starred as the goalkeeper for the A-League's Sacramento Scorpions. Most recently, Fitzgerald played for the PDL's Texas Spurs during the 2001 season.