Hixson High School head football coach Jason Fitzgerald was voted Titans High School Football Coach of the Week following the Wildcats’ upset win over Tyner Academy last Friday.
Fitzgerald, in his first year at Hixson, took over a program that hadn’t had a winning season since 2006, and six games into the season, the team is vying for a district title. Last week’s 28-19 road victory over the Rams — their first win over Tyner since 1991 — lifted the Wildcats into a first-place tie with East Hamilton in District 6-AA.
Hixson squares off with the Hurricanes this Friday.
“I have known Coach Fitzgerald for a while and we knew he was a great coach and person,” Hixson Athletic Director Brian Bray said. “He is great for our kids and a role model for the student-athletes throughout the school.”
Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution from the Titans Foundation to the Hixson High School football program in Fitzgerald’s honor.
“High school football enjoys a great tradition in Tennessee,” Adams said. “That tradition is based not only on the outstanding quality of play but on the devotion of their coaches who continue to develop high school football players into young men of strong character. I’m very pleased to underwrite this program that recognizes the efforts of so many talented high school coaches across the state!”
Fitzgerald will be the team’s guest at the Titans regular-season finale on Dec. 30 when the team honors all 2012 Coach of the Week winners. The receipient of the 2012 Coach of the Year award will also be announced on that date, and Adams will make an additional $2,000 grant to the winner.
Now in its 13th season, Adams has awarded more than $155,000 from the Titans Foundation to football programs across the state in honor of the Coach of the Week and Year winners.