By Doug Spatafore
Lock Haven Sports Information
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Steve Fittery has been named the new assistant wrestling coach at Lock Haven University.
Fittery, a former standout collegiate wrestler at both Shippensburg University and American University, has had recent collegiate coaching stints at both the University of Maryland and American.
LHU head coach Scott Moore is very excited about the addition of Fittery to the staff.
“I am extremely excited about Steve (Fittery) coming on board here at Lock Haven as an assistant coach. He will be a great role model for our team and will lead by example on a daily basis,” said Moore. “His achievements in wrestling and academics truly speak for his competitive nature. He has worked with some great coaches in Mark Cody and Kerry McCoy over the last couple seasons and has some great ideas for building the future of LHU wrestling. Steve is a professional in every aspect of life and will make an immediate impact on our program in both recruiting, development and fundraising.”
LHU Director of Athletics, Mark Sherburne echoed Moore’s excitement.
“We are very excited to have Steve (Fittery) join our wrestling program as an assistant coach,” said Sherburne. “The success that Steve has been able to attain throughout his wrestling career, as both, a student-athlete and a young coach, will be a tremendous asset to the advancement of our student-athletes and wrestling program. He is a hard worker, tremendous competitor, outstanding teacher and clinician and well respected among his peers and colleagues.
During the 2012-13 season, Fittery was on Maryland’s staff and helped lead three Terps to Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) individual championships. This past season, Maryland had one All-American and finished 27th at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Fittery, a 2011 graduate of American University coached at his alma mater during the 2011-12 season. During the season, he helped lead two American Eagles to All-American status. American finished 19th at the 2012 NCAA Championships and took a program-best, third-place at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships during that same season.
Fittery earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics & Secondary Education from American in 2011. While at American, Fittery enjoyed a standout career both academically and athletically.
At American, Fittery was a two-time All-American finishing third in 2011 and fifth in 2010. He was named the American University Male Athlete of the Year in 2011. Fittery was the 2011 EIWA Champion and a two-time Midlands Champion.
Prior to his career at American, Fittery spent several seasons at Shippensburg. While competing for the Red Raiders, he was a two-time NCAA Division II National Runner-up. He was named the Shippensburg Freshman-Athlete of the Year in 2007 and the Shippensburg Male-Athlete of the Year in 2008. He was the 2008 PSAC Champion and was a two-time East Region Champion.
Most impressive, Fittery was a four-time First Team Academic All-American during his career as a student-athlete at both Shippensburg and American.
Having spent time coaching at the collegiate level, Fittery also brings with him a strong camp and youth coaching background.
During High School, Fittery was a two-time Pennsylvania state place-winner at Cocalico.
Fittery is thankful for this new opportunity and is looking forward to the future.
“I’m thankful to Scott (Moore) and LHU for this opportunity and I’m committed to helping Lock Haven continue its strong wrestling tradition,” said Fittery. “Coach Moore has big goals for the program and has a relentless work ethic to make them happen. I’m pumped to be a part of it and for all the exciting things happening here at LHU.”