Chizik Retains Quarterback Coach Todd Fitch

Iowa State coach Gene Chizik announced Tuesday that Todd Fitch is being retained as quarterbacks coach from the previous staff. Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer blossomed into Iowa State's most prolific quarterback under Fitch's guidance, setting school career marks in passing yards (7,348), total offense (7,929), touchdown passes (41) and completions (587) in just three seasons.

AMES, IowaIowa State football coach Gene Chizik announced Tuesday that Todd Fitch is being retained as quarterbacks coach from the previous coaching staff. Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer blossomed into Iowa State's most prolific quarterback under Fitch's guidance, setting school career marks in passing yards (7,348), total offense (7,929), touchdown passes (41) and completions (587) in just three seasons.

       

"As I evaluated potential quarterback coaches I came to the conclusion that the best man for the job was right here in Ames," Chizik said. "I talked with our players and other coaches.  Todd Fitch has worked under some of the greatest coaches in the game and has coordinator experience.  He has done a superb job developing Bret Meyer's ability. We have the best man for the job."

Fitch joined Dan McCarney's Iowa State coaching staff in January 2004. He has previously worked under legendary head coaches Don Nehlen, Earle Bruce and Lou Holtz. Fitch was the South Carolina quarterbacks coach in 2003 after a year as running backs coach and three seasons as the Gamecocks' wide receivers coach -- all under Holtz. During Fitch's tenure at USC, the Gamecocks appeared in the 2001 and 2002 Outback Bowls.

       

"I am grateful that coach Chizik is giving me the opportunity to continue working with Bret Meyer and all our quarterbacks," Fitch said.  "Our family loves being in Ames and we are fortunate to have the chance to stay in a community where we have developed so many friends."

               

Fitch went to the Gamecock program from Connecticut, where he worked under Skip Holtz. Fitch was on the staff at UConn for five seasons and coordinated the offense for the Huskies in his final three years.  In 1998, UConn won a school-record 10 games and featured a high-powered and prolific offensive attack.

               

Fitch, an Ohio native, is a 1986 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, where he was a three-year starter at defensive back and an all-league performer in 1985.

               

Following his playing career, Fitch moved on to an assistant coaching position at Ohio Wesleyan from 1986-87. He then accepted a graduate assistant position at Bowling Green for one year in 1988 and a volunteer coaching position at West Virginia in 1989. He was the wide receivers coach for two years at Bowling Green. Two of his wide receivers were drafted in the NFL.

               

Fitch then moved to Colorado State, where he worked as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator for two seasons. His starting fullback played in the NFL, and his starting tailback was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

 


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