Curt Fitzpatrick joined the Morrisville State athletics department in June 2013 as head coach of the Mustang football program.
In five seasons at the helm of the program, Fitzpatrick has compiled a 23-26 overall record, 8-6 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) stint. In 2015, the Mustangs joined the Empire 8 Conference where, in three seasons, Fitzpatrick has led the program to a 6-17 conference tally.
Fitzpatrick guided the Mustangs to a program best record in 2014 since becoming a member of the NCAA Division III as they wrapped up the regular season with a 9-2 overall record. In the preseason poll Morrisville State was selected to finish fifth, but was slated as the conference “dark horse” and put together a 6-1 conference record, clinching a share of the NJAC Championship Title, and a berth to the ECAC North Central Bowl, where they captured the college’s first post-season championship title since becoming a member of the NCAA Division III. In November, he was named the Co-Coach of the Year by his peers in the NJAC.
The program gained national attention as his high powered offense holds an eighth overall ranking in the NCAA Division III in first downs (293), a 13th overall ranking nationally in rushing offense (243.3 yards per game), and 13th overall ranking in total offense (493.3 yards per game).
During his time with the program, 18 student-athletes have earned NJAC All-Conference recognition, with senior quarterback Lemar Johnson (Ossining, N.Y.) earning the NJAC Offensive Player of the Year honors in consecutive seasons, and USA College Football Division III First Team All-American accolades.
Johnson, along with Fitzpatrick, were honored by D3football.com as the East Region Player and Coach of the Year.
In his first season at the helm of the program, Fitzpatrick guided Morrisville State to a 3-7 overall record, 2-5 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) stint. Over the course of his first year with the Mustang reins, Fitzpatrick guided Morrisville State to several record breaking performances: 28 individual single game, season and career marks; along with 10 new single game and 16 season team records.
Fitzpatrick is the first coach for the Mustangs to have a player earn an invitation to the prestigious D3 Senior Classic (Nate Ryan), who also received subsequent invitations to the D2 and FCS (D1-AA) Scout Bowls. Since that time, several additional Mustangs have received invitations to All-Star bowl games.
Fitzpatrick, a native of Central New York, came to Morrisville State from Utica College where he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past five seasons. Prior to his stint with the Pioneers, he spent two seasons as the quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, St. John Fisher College.
In his time with the Pioneers, his balanced, no-huddle offense elevated Utica’s program as one of the top ranked offenses in the Empire 8 Conference, acquired national attention, and along the way set numerous new school records in various categories year after year.
In 2012, Fitzpatrick guided the Utica offensive unit to the top of the conference leader boards in six different categories, including points per game (34.2) and yards per game (465.0), set 10 offensive school records, and coached the Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Andrew Benkwitt. Throughout the season, the offensive unit, under his direction, ranked in the top 25 nationally in six major statistical categories.
Throughout his time at Utica, Fitzpatrick has coached 16 all-Conference players, and in 2012 led three to D3football.com All-East Region Offensive accolades.
Off the field he developed an accountability program for the football program centering on academic and community success, in addition to administering the off-season strength and conditioning program.
In two seasons as quarterbacks coach at St. John Fisher, Fitzpatrick led a passing attack that compiled over 5,300 yards in the air and 55 touchdowns. Over the course of two seasons, the Cardinals amassed a 23-4 overall record, were Empire 8 Champions twice, was the top ranked team in New York State both seasons, and reached the NCAA tournament each season, making a Final Four appearance in 2006 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2007.
Fitzpatrick had a stellar playing career for the Cardinals where he served as team captain and was a four-year letterman at quarterback. In his final season, he earned Empire 8 All-Conference honors and set passing records for Fisher in touchdowns (30) and yards (2,366) while leading the program to a 10-2 overall record and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
Following graduation from St. John Fisher with a bachelor’s degree in management in 2004, Fitzpatrick returned to his hometown to coach the quarterbacks and wide receivers at Fulton High School in 2005 where they captured the OHSL Class A League Championship.
From 2006 to present, Fitzpatrick has been actively involved in camps and clinics from both the coaching and director positions. He has also served as a guest speaker at several clinics throughout New York State and New England area, including the most recently held New York State High School Football Coaches Association Clinic and Capital District National Football Foundation “Clinic of Champions”.
He was also a contributing member for X&O Labs football research site, and authored articles “Exclusive: Utica College’s One Back Power Run Game” and “Getting the Most Out of Your 3x1 Passing Game: Taking Advantage of the Single Receiver”.
Fitzpatrick earned his Master of Science degree in athletic administration in 2012 from Ohio University.