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Craig Fitzgerald
Head Strength and Conditioning

Craig Fitzgerald is in his fourth season as head strength and conditioning coach with the Houston Texans.

Craig Fitzgerald is in his fourth season as head strength and conditioning coach with the Houston Texans.

In 2016, Houston advanced to the AFC Divisional Round for the first time since 2012. It was the second year in a row the Texans won the AFC South division championship and the team has now put together three straight winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. In Fitzgerald’s first year with the team, the Texans led the NFL with a seven-win improvement from 2013 and became the sixth team since 1978 to post a winning season following a year in which it won two-or-less games.

Fitzgerald served as Penn State’s director of strength and conditioning from 2012-13 after spending the previous three seasons (2009-11) overseeing the University of South Carolina strength & conditioning program for football.

Prior to his time at South Carolina, Fitzgerald held the title of director of strength and conditioning at Harvard, where the football team won back-to-back Ivy League titles over his final two years. While at Harvard, he oversaw the training of all 41 NCAA teams – the largest number in the country.

From 2000-05, Fitzgerald served as the assistant director of strength and conditioning at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, where he directed the training for men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, women’s volleyball, and wrestling, while assisting with the training for football.

He began his professional career at The Catholic University of America as its first director of strength and conditioning from 1997-99. He then logged a six-month stint as a graduate assistant at Arizona State University before returning to his alma mater.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Fitzgerald holds a double degree in political science and history from Maryland, graduating in 1997. He was a three-time letter winner (1994-96) for the Terrapin football team.

Fitzgerald is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through both the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa).

In May 2010, Fitzgerald earned the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the CSCCa, the highest honor given in the strength and conditioning profession.

Fitzgerald and his wife, Mary, have three sons: Mac, Joe and Luke.

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