What ever happened to…?

By on February 19, 2014

Steve Fittery in his current roleas assistant coach at Lock Haven University. Courtesy of Lock Haven Athletics

Steve Fittery in his current roleas assistant coach at Lock Haven University. Courtesy of Lock Haven Athletics

Steve Fittery

Steve Fittery, a 2006 graduate of Cocalico and standout athlete at Shippensburg University and then at American University, is the featured star for this edition of “What ever happened to…?”

Fittery, who holds the record for wins at Cocalico, went on to wrestle at Shippensburg University and American University before recently being named assistant wrestling coach at Lock Haven University.

“I always had an offensive style as a wrestler and I wanted people to know how much I loved wrestling and wanted the fans to enjoy wrestling when they came to watch,” said Fittery.

Fittery finished his high school career with a record of 139 wins against only 20 losses. Along with that he finished fifth in the State as a junior when he wrestled at 119 pounds, and then followed that up with a second place finish in the State tournament as a senior, when he wrestled at 130 pound weight class.

“I was always known as a farm kid,” added Fittery. “My family has a 300-acre farm where we raised pigs and grew corn and hay. I was always brought up with a knowledge of hard work. I didn’t like it then, but I learned hard work pays off.”

steve fittery2When Fittery graduated from Cocalico, he went to Shippensburg where he wrestled for three years and earned Division Two national runner-up at 141 pounds. He was red shirted the next year and then transferred to American University, which is located outside of Washington D.C. and finished his college career by placing fifth at the Division One school as a junior and then was third in the country as a senior when he wrestled at 157 pounds.

After graduation Fittery worked for two years at Eagle Hawk Academy in Metro D.C. as a wrestling coach before landing the position of assistant wrestling coach at Lock Haven University six months ago.

Not only was Fittery an outstanding athlete, but also a stand out academically. He graduated 13th in his class at Cocalico with a 4.0 GPA, and was a four time Academic All-American in college finishing with a 3.5 GPA.

“I have always put God first in my life and today I try to be a mentor to my students in all aspects of life, not just sports, but to be a good person, student and athlete,” offered Fittery.

Today, the former Eagle is married to Rebecca for a year and a half and lives in Lock Haven.

“I know I’m not ready to be a head coach yet, I am thinking of going back to grad school soon and then I’ll decide exactly what I want to do,” he said.

Fittery counts his senior year at American as one of the highlights of his athletic career.

“We finished fifth (as a team) in Division One that year. We were the surprise of the tournament, no one expected us to finish that high,” he said.

Asked how he would like to be remembered Fittery offered this: “I want people to know that Jesus is first in my life and from there on I love wrestling and love working with kids.”

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