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  • Houston, TX

Football Coach Devoted to His Christian Faith

About Derek Fitzhenry

An assistant head football coach as well as strength and conditioning coordinator for the North Shore High School varsity football team, Derek Fitzhenry builds on an accomplished coaching career. Along with winning the 6A Division 1 State Championship, he stands out as former athletic director and head football coach for the Giddings Independent School District, where he set a number of records, including highest winning percentage and first top 10 finish. Derek Fitzhenry also led his Giddings team to first-place finish in central Texas for the Lone Star Cup competition, which goes to the program that reaches the most championships. Derek Fitzhenry brought Giddings athletes to a total of 25 football championships, including the bi-district championship in 2003 and 2010 and the area finals in 2009. He secured 13 district championships out of a total of 14 eligible sports and brought the overall athletic program to 3rd -place Lone Star Cup finishes on three distinct occasions.

Derek Fitzhenry joined the Giddings faculty in 2003, following a successful tenure at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. This highly respected program has earned national renown through the film and television program Friday Night Lights. In total, he has built more than 25 years of experience in coaching, education, and program leadership.

A devout Christian, Mr. Fitzhenry holds membership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also attends a Baptist church and is the proud father of four children.




Lamar University

Principal Certification 4.00 GPA



Lamar University

Education Administration 4.00 GPA


Bachelors of Arts and Science 

Louisiana Tech Univesity

Social Studies and Business

Work History


Assistant Head

North Shore High School 

Assistant Head Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator


Athletic Director

Pine Tree Independent School District

Athletic Director

032000 - 04-2003

Athletic Director

Giddings Independent School District

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach 


Assistant Head Coach

Odessa Permian High School

Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator


Certifications and Skills

Principal Certification 

PDAS Training 

Instructional Leadership

Social Studies Composite Certification 

Project Management

Budget Management

Personnel Management

Microsoft Office


Public Speaking 

Awards and Honors

2015 Texas 6A D1 Football State Champions

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

Louisana Tech University Football Team Captain 1989

De Kalb Sport Hall of Honor 


Head Football Coach record 88-34

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. 

6A DI Football State Champion, 2015

Independence Bowl Co-Champions, 1991

Houston Touchdown Club Semi-Finalist, 2015

Head Football Coach with 25 total Championships

25 year member of Texas High School Coaches Association