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SUNY Cortland Names New Head Football Coach

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SUNY Cortland has named Curt Fitzpatrick as its newest football head coach, announced yesterday (February 12) by university Athletics Director Mike Urtz.

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Fitzpatrick replaces Dan MacNeill, who retired at the end of the 2019 season following more than two decades leading the Red Dragons.

(listen to WXHC interview with MacNeill here)

Prior to his arrival in Cortland, he served as head football coach at Morrisville State for seven seasons from 2013-19.

This past fall, his Mustangs finished with a 6-5 record, including a 4-2 Empire 8 mark and an ECAC postseason bowl berth, while also handing Empire 8 co-champion Brockport its only league loss of the season.

Overall, he led Morrisville to four winning seasons (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019), including one conference championship title and three postseason ECAC bowl appearances.

In 2014, they finished at 9-2 mark, the program’s best record since joining the NCAA Division III member, claiming a share of the New Jersey Athletic Conference crown with a 6-1 league mark.

“It is an honor to become the next head football coach at SUNY Cortland,” said Fitzpatrick. “I have been an admirer of Red Dragon football since I was in high school, as a college player, as an assistant coach, and now as a head coach. Coach Mac is an icon in the D3 football landscape. It is surreal that I have the opportunity to build on the foundation of all those Red Dragons that have come before.”

The Red Dragons finished last season 8-3 overall with a 5-1 conference record, earning them the nod as Empire 8 co-champions with SUNY Brockport. The team then qualified for their 24th season berth by playing in the 2019 New York Bowl.

Fitzpatrick will make his team-debut during a non-league game at Washington and Lee University in Virginia on September 5, with the hope opener set for September 12 against The College of New Jersey.

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