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About Derek Fitzhenry

Derek Fitzhenry - Accomplished Football Coach and Athletic Director

An accomplished football coach and athletic director, Derek Fitzhenry currently serves as assistant head football coach and strength and conditioning coordinator for North Shore High School in Houston. There, he trains a total of 900 student athletes while maintaining additional responsibilities as ninth-grade campus coordinator. Also the head coach of the varsity offensive, Derek Fitzhenry played a key role in guiding the team to the 2015 6A Division I state championship, which brings the total number of consecutive championships he has helped secure in his football career to 54. Previously, Derek Fitzhenry served as athletic director and head football coach at Giddings Independent School District. Under his leadership as athletic director, the district finished first in the central Texas region and fourth statewide in the Lone Star Cup competition, which recognizes the program that has won the most championships in a given year. In addition, over his eight-year tenure, more than 70 of his athletes secured college scholarships. As head football coach, Mr. Fitzhenry accepted four Coach of the Year awards and guided his team to set such records as the highest win percentage in school history. Derek Fitzhenry holds a master’s degree in administration from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lamar University. He maintains principal certification in Texas, as well as grade 6-12 teaching certifications in history, social studies, and physical education.

Education

20142015

MASTERS

Lamar University

Principal Certification 4.00 GPA

19961999

MASTERS

Texas A&M  University  @ P.V. 

Education Administration 4.00 GPA

19851990

Bachelors of Arts and Science

Louisiana Tech Univesity

Social Studies and Business

Work History

08-20142016

Assistant Head

North Shore High School

Assistant Head Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

  • assist head coach with personnel matters, hiring, retaining, growing
  • college recruiting coordinator and liaison for college coaches
  • coordinate 15 assistant coaches and 200 student athletes  within the football program
  • organizing equipment inventory 
  • football clinic lecture 
  • practice schedule and game  day schedules for travel and activities 
  • organize strength and conditioning for 325 football players 9-12 graders
  • supervise and organize two middle school 7 and 8 grade football programs
04-201101-2014

Athletic Director

Pine Tree Independent School District

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach

  • lead athletic program for 800 boys and girls athletes
  • supervise 53 staff members including coaches, secretaries, trainers, custodians and grounds crews
  • organize and schedule all athletic facilities
  • manage $2 million athletic budget 
  • project manager for all athletic facility construction 
  • U.I.L. compliance for all 12 boys and girls sports
  • hire, evaluate, grow, retain and terminate athletic personnel
  • lead and organize 4 junior high football teams and 5 high school football teams
032003 04-2010

Athletic Director

Giddings Independent School District

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach 

  • lead athletic program for 400 boys and girls athletes
  • supervise 31 staff members including coaches, secretaries, trainers, custodians and grounds crews
  • organize and schedule all athletic facilities
  • manage $2 million athletic budget 
  • project manager for all athletic facility construction 
  • U.I.L. compliance for all 12 boys and girls sports
  • hire, evaluate, grow, retain and terminate athletic personnel
  • lead and organize 4 junior high football teams and 5 high school football teams
04-200003-2003

Assistant Head Coach

Odessa Permian High School

Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator

  • assist head coach with personnel matters, hiring, retaining, growing
  • coordinate 15 assistant coaches and 200 student athletes  within the football program
  • practice schedule and game  day schedules for travel and activities 
  • organize strength and conditioning for 275 football players 10-12 graders
  • supervise and organize Bonham J.H. 7 ,8 & 9 grade football programs

Skills

Certifications and Skills

Principal Certification 

Public Speaking

PDAS Training 

Instructional Leadership

Social Studies Composite Certification 

Project Management

Budget Management

Personnel Management

Microsoft Office

PowerPoint 

Leadership 

 

Awards and Honors

Football State Champions Texas Division I 6A, 2015

Head Coach of the Year, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

District Championships, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016

Quarter Finalist, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016

Semi Finalist, 2008, 2015

Independence Bowl Champion 1991

Louisiana Tech University Football Team Captain 1989

Masters Degree, 54 credit hours with 4.00 GPA 

De Kalb Sport Hall of Honor 

Accomplishments

Head Football Coach record 88-34

State Champion,  6A DI Football  2015

Coached for 5 Head Coaches with multiple Texas State Championships

Athletic Director for Athletic Program finished in top 5 of Lone Star Cup four straight years

Winningest Head Coach in Giddings School history

Project manager for two stadium projects, $1.2M, and $20M budget

Project manager on $1.2M Girls Softball, Tennis, Soccer field house

Independence Bowl Co-Champions, 1991

Houston Touchdown Club Semi-Finalist, 2015

Head Football Coach with 25 total Championships over 8 year period

25 year member of Texas High School Coaches Association