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Devin Fitzsimmons was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 2011 to 2018, finishing his career as the assistant special teams coach of the Detroit Lions. Over his six years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 44-52-0. Fitzsimmons will be an assistant special teams coach for the Cardinals in 2021.
Table of Contents
- 1 Playing Career
- 2 Coaching Career
- 2.1 College Coaching
- 2.2 First Stint in the NFL
- 2.3 Return to College
- 2.4 Second Stint in the NFL
- 2.5 Third Stint In College
Devin Fitzsimmons played college football at Bucknell University from 2001-2005, beginning his career at quarterback. After two seasons he moved to wide receiver, but lasted only one season after sustaining a career ending injury in spring practice of his senior year. After the injury Fitzsimmons began his coaching career, staying with the program as a student assistant coach through what would have been his senior year.
After finishing his college career, Fitzsimmons was hired as the quarterbacks coach for Shaw University in 2005 for a single season.
After his season with Shaw, Fitzsimmons was hired by his former head coach Tim Landis at Bucknell to coach wide receivers for the 2006 season.
Kansas State University
After his alma mater, Fitzsimmons was hired by Kansas State under head coach Ron Prince for 2007 and 2008. In his first season with the Wildcats, he helped coach the offense as a graduate assistant and in 2008 was the director of operations. The team finished 5-7 both seasons, and after the season Prince was fired.
University of Virginia
In 2009, Fitzsimmons was hired by Virginia head coach Al Groh to work as a graduate assistant for the team. However, the team finished the season a disappointing 3-9 for the season.
University of Richmond
In 2010, Fitzsimmons accepted his final college coaching position; this time with the Richmond Spiders. He coached the tight ends as the Spiders finished the season 6-5.
First Stint in the NFL
After his six seasons coaching college, Fitzsimmons entered the NFL as a coaching assistant for the Indianapolis Colts. However, All-Pro Quarterback sat out the 2011 season with a neck injury and the Colts finished the season 2-14, leading to the firing of head coach Jim Caldwell.
Return to College
After his single season in the NFL, Fitzsimmons returned to college football as an offensive assistant coach for Rutgers University in 2012. In head coach Kyle Flood's first season at the helm, the Scarlet Knights finished the season 9-4, good enough to tie for first in the Big East.
University of Delaware
Following his season at Rutgers, Fitzsimmons was hired by Delaware as their special teams coordinator and tight ends coach for the 2013 season. Delaware has success with Fitzsimmons running the special teams unit. The team had the second highest net punting average, 9th in the league in blocked kicks, and return man Rob Jones was named to the all-conference first team as a returner. Tight end Nick Boyle was also named to the all-conference second team under Fitzsimmons' coaching.
Second Stint in the NFL
After a successful 2013 season with Delaware, Fitzsimmons was hired by the Detroit Lions as their assistant special teams coach. The Lions made the playoffs in the first season under the new head coach Jim Caldwell with a 11-5 finish. During Fitzsimmons’ five seasons with the Lions, the teams made the playoffs twice and had a winning record in one more season. The Lions had two special team pro bowlers during Fitzsimmons’ time in Detroit: long snapper Don Muhlbach and punt returner Jamal Agnew.
Third Stint In College
Fitzsimmons returned to college football in 2019 as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach for Vanderbilt. The team finished the season 3-9.
|2018 Detroit Lions||Assistant Special Teams Coach||6-10-0||0-0|
|2017 Detroit Lions||Assistant Special Teams Coach||9-7-0||0-0|
|2016 Detroit Lions||Special Teams Assistant Coach||9-7-0||0-1|
|2015 Detroit Lions||Assistant Special Teams Coach||1-6-0||0-0|
|2015 Detroit Lions||Interim Tight Ends Coach||6-3-0||0-0|
|2014 Detroit Lions||Assistant Special Teams Coach||11-5-0||0-1|
|2011 Indianapolis Colts||Coaching Assistant||2-14-0||0-0|
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