Pat Fitzgerald hits impressive career milestone with Northwestern's win over Maryland
Pat Fitzgerald is setting some career numbers that will likely never be matched at Northwestern.
The long time coach of the Wildcats and former player has already cemented his position as the all-time winningest coach in school history. That came some time ago when he passed Pappy Waldorf with win No. 50, becoming the only coach in Northwestern history to reach that mark.
With Saturday’s big win over Maryland, Fitzgerald has now reached new heights with the Wildcats. The win to open the 2020 season now gives Fitzgerald an even 100 for his career:
💯 for a legend. Here's to 100 more. #GoCats | @coachfitz51 pic.twitter.com/E0qgTHve3c
— Northwestern Football (@NUFBFamily) October 25, 2020
According to Tom Fornelli with CBS Sports, that means Fitzgerald is now responsible for more than 18% of Northwestern’s all-time victories:
Pat Fitzgerald won his 100th game at Northwestern tonight. Northwestern has 540 wins in its history, meaning Fitz is responsible for 18.5% of the wins in the program's history.
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) October 25, 2020
To further illustrate his accomplishment, Fitzgerald now has 100 wins. Pappy Waldorf and Randy Walker, the No. 2 and No. 3 all-time winningest coaches at Northwestern, have combined for 86 wins.
Fitz certainly is one of a kind, and his records with the Wildcats are likely to stand for quite some time.