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William L. "Bill" Fitzpatrick - St. John's Little Chute / Little Chute

03/01/1987, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network

Born April 16, 1921 in North Adams, MA

Graduate of St. Joseph High School, Notre Dame University, BA St. Norbert College, MA Northern Michigan University

Coached football at:

St. John's Little Chute 1951-65; and
Little Chute High School 1968-84.
Bill served for 26 months in the Naval Air Corps during World War II.

After the war he attended St. Norbert College where he earned letters in football, basketball and track. In his senior year Bill was co-captain of the football team.

After college he coached basketball and baseball at Hilbert for three years. He moved to St. Johns where he coached for fifteen years. His football teams won 7 championships. From 1968 through 1984 Bill coached football at Little Chute High School where 9 more championships were won. His overall football record is 187 wins, 66 losses, 8 ties and 16 conference championships.

Bill was the Athletic Director at Little Chute for 20 years and he coached boys and girls track for 8 years.

In 1973 Bill won the Little Chute "Red Smith" Athletic Award as well as the Little Chute Jaycee "Man of the Year" award. The village of Little Chute honored Bill with a proclamation as "Bill Fitzpatrick Day" in 1976. He received the St. Norbert College Alumni Award in 1979.

He was chosen Athletic Director of the Year in District 4 in 1976. He was District 4 Coach of the Year in, 1979, 1981 and 1983. He was selected as Wisconsin Coach of the Year in 1979. He was an assistant coach of the South All-Star Team in 1981. In 1987 Bill was elected a member of the St. Norbert Athletic Hall of Fame.

In 1947 Bill married Margaret Jacobs, who together brought into the world and raised eight children. Twin sons were born two hours before coaching his first football game.

Tag(s): Hall of Fame