Steve Fitzgerald, Director of Athletics at the University of Pittsburgh
Fitzgerald provides day-to-day oversight for the athletic department and oversees varsity sports programs. In his professional capacity, he oversees budgeting, equipment purchases and facilities needs as well as home events and camps/clinics.
He specializes in personal injury claims from railroad workers. His courtroom victories for clients involving whistle blowing have led to favorable settlements.
Early Life and Education
Fitzgerald first began writing commercial stories for mass circulation magazines during the fall-winter of 1919, debuting a novelistic character – an independent young American woman not subservient to men. These early stories became famous and helped establish his writing as well as open doors into literary magazines like Scribner’s and popular ones such as The Saturday Evening Post for high paying popular stories.
Stephen Fitzgerald was born in Virginia, United States to Abraham Abram/Fitzgerald and Susan Abram/Fitzgerald (nee Stum). In 1891 he married Bettie Fitzgerald (born Stone). They had one child. Stephen died on the date and place of his death (Virginia) and is interred in Cypress Lawn Memorial Park.
Fitzgerald oversees all daily operations of the athletic department, including budgeting, facilities and equipment management as well as home events, camps/clinics and varsity teams. In addition, he serves on its Senior Management team and multiple hiring search committees.
He has successfully represented clients in complex commercial disputes involving securities and derivatives litigation, billion dollar financial fraud cases and structured finance (representing residential mortgage-backed securities).
As Director of Global Talent Management, his duties encompassed leadership development, recruiting, selection, diversity management, culture change and M&A integration. He had an immense passion for solving difficult people problems – having conducted business globally across 50+ countries! Outside the office he enjoyed camping, hiking and running while serving on North Haven Open Space Committee and coaching his daughters’ softball teams.
Achievement and Honors
Steve Fitzgerald is an expert on corporate high performance. A veteran and former captain of the US Navy SEAL Teams, Steve guided his team through three tours inside combat zones and was directly responsible for many of their most crucial operations against Al Qaeda and Taliban forces.
As an attorney, he represents clients in employment and personal injury cases such as wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment and railroad whistleblower claims. Furthermore, he has proven himself an accomplished litigator, winning several multi-million dollar jury verdicts on their behalf.
As an active parishioner of Old St. Pat’s and an enthusiastic supporter of Francis Xavier Warde School and St Ignatius College Prep, he enjoys supporting both institutions while taking pleasure from running and golfing in his spare time.
Captain Fitzgerald recently retired from the Navy SEAL Team after 24 years in Naval Special Warfare and participated in many forward deployed operations, commanding joint Special Operations Task Forces responsible for conducting U.S. high priority missions against Al Qaeda and Taliban enemies.
David is also an active volunteer, serving as chairman of the North Haven Open Space Committee and coaching his three daughters’ softball teams. Additionally, he enjoys running and golfing regularly while listening to live music performances.
As a graduate of Boston College with a BA in Sociology and an MEd from Endicott College’s Van Loan School of Graduate Studies (2012), he became active within Old St. Pat’s Parish, as well as supporting Francis Xavier Warde School and St Ignatius College Prep.
Fitzgerald made an immediate impactful mark at University of Pittsburgh football team during his collegiate career, leading the Big East in receiving yards and earning Walter Camp All-America selection.
Fitzgerald established the First Down Fund to support children and their families, offering athletic activities, educational programs and donations. Furthermore, he invested in venture capital companies as well as operating his own travel business.
He recently acquired a stake in Duck Creek Technologies, which provides software-as-a-service core systems to the property and casualty insurance industry. Their solutions include Duck Creek Policy – which helps insurers manage policy lifecycle management; Billing – for payment and invoicing capabilities; and Claims – supporting claims lifecycle from first notice through investigation, payments negotiations reporting closure.