Report: Vanderbilt football to hire Todd Fitch as offensive coordinator

Former Louisiana Tech offensive coordinator inks deal with Commodore offense


Chuck Cook

Todd Fitch during his time at Louisiana Tech. Fitch graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 1986 (Photo courtesy USA Today Sports)

Simon Gibbs, Deputy Sports Editor

Two days after opening a search process to replace coordinators Gerry Gdowski and Jason Tarver, Vanderbilt University’s Athletic Department reportedly settled on its first hire, Todd Fitch, on Monday. Fitch would replace Gdowski as the Commodores’ offensive coordinator.

Fitch will move to Nashville from Ruston, Louisiana, where he spent the last four years as the offensive coordinator for the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs.

While at Louisiana Tech, Fitch contributed to a 34-19 record, capturing four straight bowl wins against Navy (2016), SMU (2017), Hawaii (2018) and most recently, the University of Miami (2019). Members of Fitch’s offense have taken home Conference-USA individual awards such as 2016 Most Valuable Player (Ryan Higgins, quarterback) and 2016 Offensive Player of the Year (Carlos Henderson). That same season, his offense also paced the conference in completion rate (66.7%), first downs (358) and passing offense (363.4 yards per game), with wideouts Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson placing first and fifth nationally in total receiving yards.

The hiring marks Fitch’s fifth stint as offensive play caller, formerly holding the title at Louisiana Tech, Boston College, East Carolina and South Florida.

Vanderbilt University has yet to confirm or release a statement on the hiring, and this story will be updated when details arise.

Stay tuned to The Vanderbilt Hustler (@vuhustlersports) for updates regarding the coaching search.