Report: Pat Fitzgerald signs lengthy contract to remain head coach at Northwestern
Pat Fitzgerald is going to be in Evanston for a little bit longer. Actually, he’ll be the head coach at Northwestern for quite a bit longer.
Yahoo’s Pete Thamel is reporting that Fitzgerald has agreed to a 10-year contract that will keep him as the head coach at Northwestern through the 2030 season. The new deal comes after multiple NFL teams expressed interest in hiring the longtime leader of the Wildcats at the end of the regular season.
Fitzgerald was named the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year and won the Stallings Award after leading Northwestern to a 7-2 season and winning a second B1G West title in three seasons. It was an incredible bounce-back year after finishing just 3-9 in 2019.
Sources: Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has agreed to a new 10-year contract that stretches through 2030. Multiple NFL franchises reached out to Fitzgerald this year, including two that made a heavy push.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 27, 2021
Fitzgerald completed his 15th season as the head coach at Northwestern, taking over the program in 2006. In his tenure in Evanston, he’s compiled a 106-81 record which includes a 63-60 mark in B1G play. The Wildcats have played in 10 bowl games and are currently on a four-game bowl win streak, tied for the longest in the conference.
Northwestern has enjoyed six seasons with 8 wins or more and has hit the 10-win mark three times under Fitzgerald. The Wildcats have also claimed two B1G West titles (2018 & 2020) and have finished a season ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 on five occasions.
Contract details for Fitzgerald’s 10-year contract at Northwestern were not available.