Mark FitzPatrick begins his ninth season as the head men's and women's track and field coach in 2019-20. This fall will also mark his fifth season as head cross country coach. As the head track and field and cross country coach, FitzPatrick oversees recruiting efforts of both programs.
In 2014-15 FitzPatrick coached Aedin Brennan to a national championship in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division III. That marked the first national championship by a female track and field athlete in program history. In addition to Brennan's performance at the outdoor championship, Wallace Branche posted an All-American performance in the triple jump at the NCAA indoor championships.
In 2013-14, FitzPatrick led the Denison women's indoor team to its first second-place finish since the 2005 season. Led by All-Americans and NCAC Athlete of the Year honorees Brennan and Tiffany Davis, DU finished 20 points ahead of third-place Oberlin. In the outdoor meet, the Big Red posted its second-straight third-place finish behind performances by Davis, Brennan and Olivia Galano, who all earned All-American status at the NCAA Championship meet. In cross country, Galano, the NCAC Runner of the Year, helped the women's team finish fourth in the conference, while the men took eighth.
In his second season at Denison, FitzPatrick guided the Denison women's indoor and outdoor teams to a five-spot improvement in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings. Led by Brennan and national qualifier and repeat NCAC Sprinter of the Year, Davis, the Big Red placed third in the conference at the indoor and outdoor championship. In cross country, the DU women finished fifth while the men's team took sixth.
In 2011-12, FitzPatrick led the Big Red to eight North Coast Athletic Conference individual titles and two All-American performances by senior Dee Salukombo. Salukombo posted his best finish at nationals during the indoor season with a third-place finish in the 5K. At the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship, the senior battled through injury to take seventh in the 5,000-meter run. Senior sprinter Chris Roth and sophomore sprinter, Davis, also qualified for the outdoor championship.
At the conference level, Salukombo was named NCAC Distance Runner of the Year for the outdoor season after capturing conference titles in the 1500, 5000 and 10000-meter events. The senior also won the 3,000-meter run during the indoor season. Davis was a two-time NCAC Sprinter of the Year in 2012. The sophomore won the 60 and 200-meter events during the indoor season and captured the 100 and 200-meter crowns at the NCAC outdoor meet.
FitzPatrick came to Denison from Washington & Jefferson where he spent eight years as the head cross country and track and field coach. A six-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, FitzPatrick led his squads to four PAC championships during his tenure.
In 2011, FitzPatrick led his women’s track and field squad to its third PAC title. The Presidents’ captured nine event titles en route to a 10-point victory over Westminster. Following the meet, FitzPatrick was presented with his sixth Coach of the Year award. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, FitzPatrick was named the USTFCCCA Mid-East region women's track and Field Coach of the Year. He also guided the men’s track & field team to their first PAC Championship in 2010, powered by seven event championships. In 2008, he coached W&J’s first male All-American, Doug Melton, to an eighth-place finish in the discus at the national championship meet. A year later he coached the second female in school history to an All-American finish in the high jump.
Prior to accepting the position at Washington & Jefferson he spent three seasons as the head track & field coach at Hiram College. While at Hiram he led the Terriers to their best finish in conference history and coached five individual conference champions.
Before taking over at Hiram, FitzPatrick served as the assistant women’s cross country and track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse from 1998-2000 where he coached seven Division III All-Americans and helped the Eagles to three Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. FitzPatrick also spent two seasons as the assistant cross country and track and field coach at Allegheny College from 1996-1998, helping train five national qualifiers in cross country and track.
A 1995 graduate of Fairfield (Conn.) with a double major in philosophy and political science, FitzPatrick went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise and sports science from UW-LaCrosse. Mark and his wife, Jennifer, have one daughter.