Willie Fritz

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Willie Fritz
Fritz at the 2015 Sun Belt Media Day
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Tulane
Conference AAC
Record 4–8
Annual salary $1.2 million
Biographical details
Born (1960-04-02) April 2, 1960 (age 57)
Playing career
1978–1981 Pittsburg State
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982 Pittsburg State (SA)
1983 Shawnee Mission NW HS (KS) (asst.)
1984–1985 Sam Houston State (TX)(GA)
1986 Willis HS (TX) (assistant)
1987–1990 Coffeyville CC (DC)
1991–1992 Sam Houston State (DB/ST)
1993–1996 Blinn
1997–2009 Central Missouri
2010–2013 Sam Houston State
2014–2015 Georgia Southern
2016–present Tulane
Head coaching record
Overall 158–77 (college)
Bowls 1–0
Tournaments 0–1 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
7–3 (NCAA D-I playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 NJCAA National (1995–1996)
1 MIAA (2003)
2 Southland (2011–2012)
1 Sun Belt (2014)
AFCA FCS Coach of the Year (2011)
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2012)
Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2014)[1]

Willie Fritz (born April 2, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He is the current head coach at Tulane University. From 2014 to 2015, he was head coach at Georgia Southern University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the head football coach at Sam Houston State University. From 1997 to 2009, Fritz served as the head football coach at the University of Central Missouri. From 1993 to 1996, he was the head football coach at Blinn College, a junior college in Brenham, Texas.

Coaching career[edit]

From 1993 to 1996, Fritz was head coach at Blinn College.[2] He turned around a program that had gone 5–24–1 in its three previous seasons, producing a 39–5–1 record.[3] Willie Fritz led the team to two national junior college championships, in 1994 and 1996.[3] For his efforts at Blinn, Fritz has been inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.[3]

Willie Fritz coached at the University of Central Missouri from 1997 until 2009, leading the Mules to their first post-season berth in 32 years when they defeated Minnesota-Duluth in the 2001 Mineral Water Bowl.[3] In 2002, Central Missouri earned its first NCAA Division II playoff berth after winning the Mid-America Athletic Association (MIAA) championship.[3] Fritz became the university's "winningest" coach with a 97–47 record.[3]

Fritz was the second member of his family to coach at Central Missouri.[3] His father, the late Harry Fritz, was the Mules' head football coach in 1952 and later became executive director of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).[3]

Willie Fritz became the 14th head football coach at Sam Houston State University on December 18, 2010.[4] During the 2011 season, his second year at Sam Houston State University, Fritz coached the Bearkats to the FCS's only undefeated regular season and into the FCS playoffs. He coached the Bearkats to back-to-back national title game appearances in 2011 and 2012 in only three years of being head coach at Sam Houston State.

On January 10, 2014, Fritz became the head football coach at Georgia Southern University.

On December 11, 2015, ESPN reported that Fritz will become the 39th head football coach at Tulane University.[5]

Before his coaching career, Fritz served as a graduate assistant for the Bearkat squads that went 16–6 in 1984–85 and won the 1985 Gulf Star Conference championship.[4] He went on to become the secondary and special teams coach for the Bearkats in 1991 and 1992, helping lead Sam Houston to a Southland Conference championship.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Fritz and his wife, Susan, have three children, Wesley, Elaine, and Brooke.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Central Missouri Mules (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1997–2009)
1997 Central Missouri 5–6 4–5 6th
1998 Central Missouri 8–3 6–3 T–3rd
1999 Central Missouri 7–4 5–4 4th
2000 Central Missouri 7–4 5–4 T–4th
2001 Central Missouri 10–2 7–2 2nd W Mineral Water
2002 Central Missouri 10–2 8–1 2nd L NCAA Division II First Round
2003 Central Missouri 9–2 7–2 T–1st
2004 Central Missouri 7–4 5–4 4th
2005 Central Missouri 7–3 5–3 5th
2006 Central Missouri 5–6 3–6 T–6th
2007 Central Missouri 7–4 6–3 T–3rd
2008 Central Missouri 7–4 5–4 T–4th
2009 Central Missouri 8–3 6–3 T–2nd
Central Missouri: 97–47 72–44
Sam Houston State Bearkats (Southland Conference) (2010–2013)
2010 Sam Houston State 6–5 4–3 T–3rd
2011 Sam Houston State 14–1 7–0 1st L NCAA Division I Championship
2012 Sam Houston State 11–4 6–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I Championship
2013 Sam Houston State 9–5 4–3 T–3rd L NCAA Division I Second Round
Sam Houston State: 40–15 21–7
Georgia Southern Eagles (Sun Belt Conference) (2014–2015)
2014 Georgia Southern 9–3 8–0 1st
2015 Georgia Southern 8–4 6–2 3rd GoDaddy*
Georgia Southern: 17–7 14–2 *left for Tulane before bowl game
Tulane Green Wave (American Athletic Conference) (2016–present)
2016 Tulane 4–8 1–7 6th (West)
Tulane: 4–8 1–7
Total: 158–77
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