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MA's Fitzgerald named 2019 NHSCA Girls' Swimming Coach of the Year

Tuesday, April 16, 2019  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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The National High School Coaches Association (“NHSCA”) is proud to announce Marilyn

Fitzgerald of Andover High School in Andover, Massachusetts as its National High School Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year.



Fitger retired at the end of the 2018-19 school after leading her team to another undefeated season and the Massachusetts Division I team championship, the school’s 18th in the last nineteen years. The team finished a perfect 16-0 this past season, running its win streak to 60 straight meets over the last four seasons.



At the state meet, Fitger’s Warriors won seven gold medals in the 12 events, finishing with a dominating 518 points for the program’s fifth straight Division 1 state title 


As reported by the Andover Townsman, after announcing her retirement, Fitger told the team, “Whether we were winning state championships or dealing with devastating news, I have never once regretted being your coach. The wins have been the frosting on the cake to watching you all do more than you thought possible.”


“We are extremely pleased to honor Coach Fitger,” said Eric Hess, Executive Director of the NHSCA. “She has established Andover as one of the top all-time swim programs in the State of Massachusetts during her 27 incredible years at the school.  She exhibits a strong dedication to supporting and developing her high school student-athletes on and off the football field.”


Fitger is the first coach from Massachusetts to win the NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year Award.



Throughout April, the NHSCA will be announcing the 2018-2019 Coach of the Year honorees in 20 boys’ and girls’ sports. This marks the 20th consecutive year the NHSCA has honored achievers within the high school athletic community nationwide.


Each of the honorees will receive a beautiful plaque.  In addition, the Coach of the Year honoree will be displayed in the National High School Digital Sports Hall of Fame that is currently under development.


Past NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Coaches of the Year:

2018 – Jim Luebbe – Sacred Heart Academy, Kentucky

2017 – Mel Roberts – Tooele HS, Utah

2016 – Tina Bates – Buchholz HS, Florida

2015 – Chris Plumb – Carmel HS, Indiana
2014 – Rich & Ron Blanc – Santa Margarita Catholic HS, California
2013 – Nick Frasersmith – Regis Jesuit, Colorado
2012 – Bruce Woodbury – New Trier HS, Illinois
2011 – Brian Gross – Charlotte Catholic HS, North Carolina
2010 – Marty Keating – Pittsford Central HS, New York
2009 – Kent Kirchner – The Woodlands, Texas
2008 – Pete Higgins – The Westminster Schools, Georgia
2007 – Jean Chard – Lafayette HS, Missouri
2006 – John Casadia – Vineland HS, New Jersey
2005 – Andy Pedersen – Hamilton Southeastern HS, Indiana
2004 – Jeff Poppell – The Bolles School, Florida
2003 – Denny Hill – Pioneer HS, Michigan
2002 – Tim Beerman – Ursuline Academy, Ohio
2001 – Ken Stopkotte – Carmel HS, Indiana
2000 – Sandy Martin – Providence HS, North Carolina


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