Program Coordinator Spotlight: Head Boys Soccer Coach – John Fitzsimons

Where did you go to college? 
Whittier College

What was a memorable college experience for you? 
Earning All Conference Player of Year both my Junior year and Senior year while the team languished in mid-table.

Where did you coach/work before St. Andrew's? 
Westlake H.S for 10 years and St. John Bosco H.S. in So Cal for 8 years

What do you enjoy most about working at St. Andrew's? 
The campus. It's open and inviting.

What is your favorite movie? 
Shawshank Redemption and Goodfellas

What is your go to game day snack? 
I don't eat before a home game, whatever is on the bus for travels

What is a something positive that you have experienced or been able 
My cooking has gotten better and more diverse

What is your favorite moment as a member of the SAS Athletic Staff? 
Frustrating Episcopal H.S. with delay tactics and coming out with a tie.

Favorite Book? 
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Favorite Quote? 
"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail." Benjamin Franklin 

Favorite sports to watch/follow? 
Soccer specifically English soccer and even more specifically Queen's Park Rangers

What's your walk-up/entrance? 
I usually go straight for the referees to make sure they are aware that I know more than they do.

Favorite vacation spot? 
Sayulita, Mexico

If you weren't working in athletics, what would you be doing? 

What do you enjoy most about SPC play? 
The nice hotels we stay in

If you could coach any sport (that you do not already coach) what would it be? 
Field Goal Kickers

How many years have you been a coach/staff member at SAS? 
15 years

Do you have any unique pre or post game rituals? 
Pre-game I put in the corner flags and have London Calling played over the loudspeaker. After the game a go grab a bite to eat.

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