Men's Soccer Coach Dies Memorial on Tuesday

Published: Dec 6, 2004

UT men’s soccer coach Tom Fitzgerald died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Saturday.

 

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Blount & Curry Funeral Home located at 605 S. MacDill Avenue, followed by a brief service. A UT memorial service will then take place at Art and Polly Pepin Stadium at 4:30 p.m.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The University of Tampa men’s soccer endowed scholarship in his name.

 

Fitzgerald, an inductee into the UT Athletic Hall of Fame in October and a member of the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame, was in his second tour of duty as the Spartans' head coach. He was UT’s head coach from 1987-95 and captured the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1994.

 

His career moved on to the pro ranks where he served as head coach of the Columbus Crew from 1995-2001. From there, Fitzgerald took the head coach position at UCLA where he won the Division I National Championship in his first season with the team. After two years with the Bruins, he returned to Tampa and coached the Spartans this past fall.

 

Fitzgerald was 53 years old. He is survived by his wife, Debi; two sons, Shane and Jesse; a grandson, Caelan; his mother, Betty; two brothers, James and Sam; two sisters, Bonnie Horrocks and Debbie Risso; three nephews, Ryan and Kenny Horrocks and J. J. Lawrence; and two nieces, Ashley Horrocks and Dawn Lawrence.

 

For more information, contact the Office of Public Information at publicinfo@ut.edu.