John Fitzgerald starts his sixth season as the Head Baseball Coach for the Maroons in 2019-20.
Fitzgerald has totaled 322 victories in 15 years as a collegiate head coach, including 10 seasons with at least 20 wins.
The 2019 Maroons won the Midwest Conference North Division and reached the MWC Tournament, finishing the year with a 24-12 record. UChicago's pitching staff was dominant with a 3.58 ERA while ranking second in the nation with 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Starting pitcher Kyle Petri ranked second in NCAA Division III in strikeouts per nine innings (14.4), fourth in hits allowed per nine innings (4.7) and fifth in ERA (1.12). Outfielder Payton Jancsy was an ABCA All-Region selection.
In 2018, UChicago tied the school record for wins in a season with a 26-13 mark. The offense scored eight runs per game while the pitching staff struck out 309 batters in 310.1 innings. The staff ERA of 4.03 was the best mark since 2012. Outfielder Maximiliano Larsen was a D3baseball.com All-Region pick, ranking second in the nation with 23 doubles while also breaking the school record for career doubles (60). Pitcher Jacob Petersen was also an ABCA All-Region selection.
The 2017 Maroons boasted one of the best offenses in NCAA Division III. UChicago's offense hit for a .334 batting average (11th nationally) with a .412 on-base percentage (22nd). Three players were named All-Region. Outfielder Connor Hickey ranked eighth nationally with 1.43 runs per game, and outfielder Maximiliano Larsen was seventh in the nation with 0.50 doubles per game.
In 2015, third baseman Kyle Engel was a First Team All-American and Central Region Position Player of the Year from the ABCA. Engel broke the school records for season doubles (25), season hits (68) and career doubles (50).
He came to Hyde Park after spending the previous seven years at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. The Cardinals won 143 games during his tenure, which made him the third-winningest coach in the 153-year history of the program.
As a collegiate athlete, Fitzgerald was a four-year letterwinner for the UChicago baseball team. He compiled a career pitching record of 12-8, including a 6-2 mark in 1996. He helped the Maroons reach 20 wins in three-consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. Fitzgerald was also President of the Order of the C. He graduated in 1998 with a degree in sociology and was an assistant baseball coach at UChicago in 1999. Fitzgerald went on to receive a master's degree in business administration from Loyola University Chicago.
In 2014, Fitzgerald led North Central to a 27-15 record and the pitching staff recorded the second-lowest ERA in school history (3.33). His 2010 squad went 31-11 and reached the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship for the first time in 12 years. The 31 victories were the second most in school history. The Cardinals went 17-4 in conference games that year to win the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) title, and Fitzgerald was named CCIW Coach of the Year.
Prior to his arrival at North Central, Fitzgerald was Head Baseball Coach at Illinois Institute of Technology from 2004-06. The Scarlet Hawks went 26-21 in 2005 to record the second-highest win total in school history. They were also ranked in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) top 25 for first time ever.
In 2006-07, Fitzgerald was an assistant coach for the baseball program at the University of Notre Dame, where he coached the pitchers, catchers and outfielders. He also coached four different clubs from 2003-06 in the Central Illinois Collegiate Baseball League, the New York Collegiate Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League.