November 21, 2017
Dear Pine Crest School Community,
Pine Crest Director of Aquatics Jay Fitzgerald has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year after 23 years as the head of the School’s swim program. Associate Director of Aquatics Mariusz Podkoscielny will take over the program in June 2018.
Coach Fitzgerald leaves a legacy of championship titles, including:
21 Girls and 21 Boys District Championships
12 Girls and 10 Boys Regional Championships
10 Girls and 16 Boys State Runners-Up
53 Individual State Champions
251 High School All-Americans
30 state records
17 School records
From the Air Force Academy to Yale, swimmers in Coach Fitzgerald's program have gone on to swim at the collegiate level and beyond. He has coached 16 Olympians who won two Gold and two Silver medals, and he also coached one Special Olympian.
The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald named Coach Fitzgerald County Coach of the Year 16 times, and he coached the Swimmer of the Year 10 times. In 1997, Coach Fitzgerald served as the U.S. Men’s National Team Coach for the World Championships, and he received the NFHS South Sectional National High School Coach of the Year in 2006. He received the NISCA Achievement Award for Excellence in High School Coaching in 2011. Coach Fitzgerald was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
Coach Fitzgerald has had a profound impact, not only on the swimming world, but on the entire Pine Crest School community. He has had a long-lasting impact on our student-athletes. His investment in them as swimmers and individuals has inspired them to work hard and succeed beyond their imaginations. We wish him all the best in his retirement.
Dr. Dana Markham