Drew Fitzgerald begins his third season as an assistant coach for the Bears after spending 2010 as a volunteer assistant coach with the team.
Last season, Fitzgerald aided the Bears in a tremendous home stretch. All seven shutouts came at home, including six straight from August 24 through October 14. He also helped in the development of the program's first professional draftee, Nia Williams, who was selected by FC Kansas City in the fourth round of the 2012 NWSL draft.
In his first season with the Bears, he helped the Bears to a second-place finish and a MVC Tournament finals appearance. Along the way, he assisted for a team that went unbeaten in 11-straight matches, had a seven-match win streak and won four-straight 1-0 shutouts, all firsts in team history.
Before coming to Missouri State, Fitzgerald spent four seasons as a women's soccer assistant coach at McNeese State. As an assistant with the Cowgirls, he helped the squad to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006. He also helped guide the team to the Southland Conference Championship in 2007. In 2008, he aided the team, which reached the Southland Conference Tournament finals.
Fitzgerald was the head coach of the Texas A&M men's club soccer team before landing at McNeese State. As head coach of A&M's club team, he led them to the 2004 NIRSA National Championship. His team was undefeated that season.
Fitzgerald earned a B.S. in Journalism (2001) and an M.S. in Sport Management (2005) from Texas A&M. He also received his NSCAA National Diploma, Goalkeeper I & II diploma and the USSF National "D" License.
Drew and his wife, Ashleigh, live in Springfield. Ashleigh is the head volleyball coach at Drury University in Springfield.