August 16, 2011
Fitzpatrick is named athletic director at Coast Guard
Timothy Fitzpatrick was named Director of Athletics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Friday by Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz, superintendent.
Fitzpatrick, the director of athletics at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, will succeed Dr. Ray Cieplik, who retired in June after more than 40 years of service to the institution.
"Tim's experience, energy and vision equip him well to advance our mission of developing leaders of character," Stosz said. "I am very excited to welcome a leader of his caliber to head up our athletics program and further our progress in attaining national prominence."
Fitzpatrick said, "I am very honored and humbled to have been selected as the director of athletics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. This is a wonderful opportunity for my family and I to play an important role in the professional and person development of leaders of character who will one day defend our nation.
"I would like to thank Rear Adm. Stosz for choosing me, and I look forward to embracing the mission of the USCGA while striving diligently to create and sustain and intercollegiate athletics program that will achieve competitive success while always reflecting the core values of the academy and the Coast Guard."
Fitzpatrick comes to the academy with considerable experience at a number of the nation's prominent college athletics programs. He worked as the senior associate athletic director at Indiana University where he was responsible for the internal administration of the department, including facilities management and oversight of the football and women's basketball programs. Prior to that, he served as the chief operating officer and assistant athletic director for External Operations at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
"We hate to see Tim go, but his passion for the military academies and his family reflect his integrity, character and dedication," Dr. Trent Hill, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, said. "We wish Tim the best and know that the Coast Guard Academy will sail on smooth waters under Tim's leadership."
Fitzpatrick holds a master's degree in sports administration and facility management from Ohio University and a bachelor's degree in English from Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va.