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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Report: Vanderbilt football to hire Todd Fitch as offensive coordinator

Former Louisiana Tech offensive coordinator inks deal with Commodore offense
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Todd Fitch during his time at Louisiana Tech. Fitch graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 1986 (Photo courtesy USA Today Sports)

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.

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Simon Gibbs, Former Sports Editor
Simon Gibbs (‘21) is the former Sports Editor for The Vanderbilt Hustler. He has been on staff since the first semester of his freshman year, previously serving as a Staff Writer, Senior Writer and Deputy Sports Editor. Simon is also the host of VU Sports Wired on Vanderbilt Video Productions and The Hustler Sports 30 on VandyRadio. Simon has attended several events as credentialed media, including the 2019 NFL Draft, 2019 College Baseball World Series and the 2019 SEC Tournament. Outside of his Commodore coverage, Simon has had bylines published on NHL.com and NashvillePredators.com. When he's not writing, you can find Simon watching his hometown New York Mets, waiting for that next ring. For tips, comments or concerns, please reach out to: [email protected]    
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