Football Coaching Staff
Offensive Coordinator - Running Backs
After three highly successful seasons at East Carolina, Todd Fitch was named offensive coordinator/running backs coach at the University of South Florida in January 2010 and switched from running backs to quarterbacks prior to the 2012 season.
In his first season at USF, Fitch led an offense that helped USF to its fifth-straight eight-win season, making it one of just 15 programs nationally and one of 10 in BCS leagues to accomplish the feat. He mentored both Mo Plancher (793) and Demetris Murray (542) to then-career highs in rushing yards.
The offense saw tremendous improvement in year two as USF improved its national ranking in total offense 75 spots from 2010 to 2011, the largest jump of any school in the country. The most dramatic improvement came in the passing game, where USF improved by 85 yards per game. Only two teams saw a greater jump in the passing offense national rankings, as the Bulls improved 59 spots. In addition, the Bulls improved 39 spots in rushing offense, increasing their output by 38 yards per game.
Prior to coming to Tampa, Fitch spent three seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at East Carolina. In his first season, ECU broke a pair of school single-season records for most points (403) and touchdowns scored (52), records that had previously stood for 28 years.
While utilizing two first-year starters, Patrick Pinkney and Rob Kass, throughout the 2007 campaign, ECU turned in its second-highest scoring average since 1991 and tallied 35 or more points in six of eight Conference USA contests before closing the year with a 41-point performance against No. 24 Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. The Pirates' explosive offense ranked first nationally in scoring drives under one minute (23) and seventh in scoring plays 25 yards or longer (18).
A year later in 2008, Fitch showed his versatility by converting his game plan to a ball possession offense due to a number of injuries that resulted in a total of 24 different starters on the offensive side of the ball. Although the losses included five first-team skill performers at the running back and wide receiver positions, ECU produced six single-season individual and team school records, including the top yardage total by a tight end in program history.
Fitch and the offense helped ECU to the Conference USA title that year and then, in 2009, became the first program in league history to win consecutive conference championships.
A veteran with 25 years of coaching experience, Fitch has also worked under legendary head coaches Don Nehlen, Earle Bruce and Lou Holtz during his career which spans back to 1986 and included stops at alma mater Ohio Wesleyan, Bowling Green, West Virginia and Colorado State.
Before arriving at ECU, Fitch spent three seasons as a member of the Iowa State staff as quarterbacks coach, where he tutored All-America performer Bret Meyer, who blossomed into ISU's most prolific signal-caller under his guidance. Meyer set school career marks in passing yards (7,348), total offense (7,929), touchdown passes (41) and completions (587) in just three seasons and included a 1,926-yard passing effort in 2004 which ranked as the top freshman mark in school history.
Prior to his move to the Big 12 Conference, Fitch was South Carolina's quarterbacks coach in 2003 after a year as running backs coach and three seasons as wide receivers coach - all under head coach Lou Holtz and offensive coordinator Skip Holtz - where he helped lead the Gamecocks to consecutive Outback Bowl victories in 2001 and 2002.
Fitch came to the South Carolina program from Connecticut, where he worked under head coach Skip Holtz during his five-year tenure from 1994 to 1998. He coordinated the Huskies' offense in his final three years, playing a key role in UConn's high-powered and prolific offensive attack in 1998 that resulted in a school-record 10-win season and quarterfinal round appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Connecticut quarterbacks set school records for passing yardage, touchdown passes and passing efficiency under Fitch's guidance and the Huskies enjoyed a spot in the Top 25 polls during four of the five seasons.
Fitch, an Ohio native, is a 1986 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, where he was a three-year starter at defensive back and an all-league performer in 1985. Following his playing career, Fitch moved on to an assistant coaching position at Ohio Wesleyan from 1986-87 before accepting a graduate assistant position at Bowling Green for one year in 1988 and a volunteer coaching position at West Virginia in 1989. He returned to BGSU to serve as the Falcons' wide receivers coach during the 1990 and 1991 seasons, where two of his wide receivers were drafted in the NFL.
He moved on to Colorado State in 1992, where he worked as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator for two seasons. His starting fullback played in the NFL and his starting tailback was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.
Fitch and wife Julie have two children - Curtis and Peyton.