The Cowgirls are led by Head Coach Drew Fitzgerald who enters his fourth season at the helm in 2019.
In his three seasons at the helm, the Cowgirls have won more games each season. In 2018 the program set a new record for most wins in a year with 13, including a victory over SEC Power, the University of Arkansas. The 2017 campaign tied the previous all-time record of 12 wins as the Cowgirls earned a 12-5-2 record, marking the first time ever the Cowgirls earned 8 conference victories on the way to breaking numerous school records and finishing runner-up in the SLC.
The 2017 campaign followed up a strong inaugural season for Fitzgerald’s Cowgirls where the team won a Southland Conference tournament match for the first time since 2008. The squad finished 6th after being tabbed to finish 11th and earned numerous post-season awards. The team wrapped up the season with three All SLC selections, one All-Tournament team selection and two SLC All-Academic Honors.
Fitzgerald returned to Lake Charles in 2014 and was a key factor in helping revamp a program that had scored one conference victory a season prior to his arrival. Under his guidance, McNeese tallied six league wins for a fourth place finish that helped propel them to an appearance in the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament.
In four seasons at Missouri State, Fitzgerald helped lead the Bears to multiple Missouri Valley Conference tournament appearances as well as develop the program’s first professional draftee, Nia Williams, who was selected by FC Kansas City in the fourth round of the 2012 NWSL draft. In his first season with the Bears, he helped the program to a 12-5-2 overall record and a second-place finish and a MVC Tournament finals appearance. Along the way, he assisted for a team that went unbeaten in 11-straight matches, had a seven-match win streak and won four-straight 1-0 shutouts, all firsts in team history.
Fitzgerald began his career at McNeese spending four years (2005-2008) as an assistant coach under then head coach Scooter Savoie. During his previous tenure, Fitzgerald helped McNeese to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006 and a Southland Conference Championship in 2007. He also aided the team in reaching the Southland Conference Tournament finals in 2008. Fitzgerald helped develop the program’s first McNeese Hall of Famer, Kamryn Koch who became the all-time leading scorer as well as being named 2008 Louisiana and Southland Conference Player of the Year. She was also recognized as an NSCAA/Adidas Scholar Team member.
Fitzgerald began his career as the head coach of the Texas A&M men’s club soccer team before landing at McNeese. As head coach of A&M’s club team from 2004 until 2005, he led them to the NIRSA National Championship and an undefeated season in his second year at the helm.
Fitzgerald earned a B.S. in Journalism (2001) and an M.S. in Sport Management (2005) from Texas A&M. He also received his NSCAA National Diploma, Goalkeeper I & II diploma and the USSF National “D” License.
Drew’s wife, Ashleigh, currently serves as the head volleyball coach at McNeese.