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Pat Fitzgerald on How to Make Sure Coaches are Trained

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As both a star athlete and tenured coach, Pat Fitzgerald has a unique perspective on drawing the line between competitive conditioning and abusive coaching. As a linebacker for Northwestern from 1993 to 1996, he compiled numerous awards including being named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year twice and the Big Ten Medal of Honor. After graduation, he went on to help coach at University of Maryland, Idaho and Colorado before returning to Northwestern in 2001 serving as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2006, Fitzgerald was selected as the head coach and has since led the team on to win two Big Ten Championships in the West Division. He was also selected as Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2018 and received the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award in 2020.

In this video, Pat Fitzgerald talks about how to make sure coaches are trained. He states that in the Chicago area, all youth sports coaches are required to take PCA classes. He goes on to discuss that one of the main tasks that sports parents have is to be present and to be observant in order to make sports a a great experience for your child.