Baseball/Basketball Player, 1964-75
Baseball/Basketball Coach, 1974-2014
Isidore Newman HS
Billy Fitzgerald played for back-to-back state basketball championship teams at Jesuit in 1964 and ‘65. In 1964, Jesuit was 30-2; in 1965, Jesuit was 28-1.
As a senior, he averaged 15.7 points per game and was selected the Class 3A All-State Most Valuable Player.
Fitzgerald then went on to play basketball and baseball at Tulane. On the hardwood, he averaged 13.3 and 13.7 points per game, respectively, in two basketball seasons.
As a catcher on the diamond, he was selected in the 15th-round in 1968 by the San Francisco Giants and in the first round in 1969 by the Oakland A’s. He remained in the Oakland organization for five years, reaching Class 2A.
Also a member of the Tulane Hall of Fame, Fitzgerald was the head coach of two sports at Newman High for a combined 60 years — 34 in baseball and 26 in basketball. He went on to compile a basketball coaching record of 551-221, with five state titles and a winning percentage of .715. Newman was a state champion in 1977, ‘78, ‘91, ‘92 and ‘93.
Hired as the baseball coach in 1975, Fitzgerald’s Greenies claimed state titles in 2000 and 2003 before his retirement following the 2007 season. Although exact figures on his baseball record are unavailable, Fitzgerald probably coached approximately 1,500 games in two sports at Newman. He also served as the Newman Director of Athletics until his retirement in 2014.
Coach Fitz’s Management Theory (2004 New York Times Magazine story by Michael Lewis)