Pat Fitzgerald, Bill Jarvis and Tom Crosby to Speak at Ashland University Dinner

Pat Fitzgerald, Bill Jarvis and Tom Crosby to Speak at Ashland University Dinner

4/11/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Pat Fitzgerald, head football coach at Northwestern University; Bill Jarvis, retired equipment coordinator who was at Ashland University and Northwestern University; and Tom Crosby, retired head football coach at Mariemont High School, will all receive awards and be featured speakers at the annual “Sportsman of the Year” dinner on May 22 at Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center.

Fitzgerald will be receiving the Ashland University Gridiron Club 2013 Sportsman of the Year Award, while Jarvis will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and Crosby the Martinelli Coach of the Year Award.

This is the fourth year that the Gridiron Club has held this fundraising event. Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Ashland University Gridiron Club and be used to support the football program and athletic facilities on campus.

The evening will begin with a reception with Fitzgerald, Jarvis and Crosby and a silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. 

Tickets are $75 each and a reserved table of 10 is available for $699. There also is also opportunity for people to sponsor an Ashland University football player to attend the dinner at a cost of $35 each.

For more information on the Gridiron Club Sportsman of the Year Dinner or to order tickets, contact the Ashland University athletic department at 419-289-5475. 

Fitzgerald was selected as head coach at Northwestern in July 2006. He was 31 at the time making him the youngest coach in the Big Ten Conference and in NCAA Division I-A football by five years. He holds the most wins in Northwestern football history with 50 wins. He has led the Wildcats to five consecutive Bowl appearances including three games played on New Year's Day. He is one of only two coaches in school history to lead Northwestern to a bowl victory. In 2008, he was named "Big Ten Coach of the Year" by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. In the 2013 Gator Bowl, Fitzgerald guided the Wildcats to their first bowl victory in 64 years in a 34-20 win over Mississippi State.

He starred at linebacker for the Wildcats in the mid-1990s, helping to lead the team to a 10-1 regular season record in 1995 and a berth in the 1996 Rose Bowl appearance and the first since 1949. In his playing career, he was twice named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and was a two-time Consensus All-America. Fitzgerald won both the Bronko Nagurski trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award in 1995 and again in 1996, becoming the first two-time winner of both honors. He also was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1995-96.

Fitzgerald is the 15th Northwestern player or coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He was honored on Dec. 9, 2008.Following graduation, Fitzgerald played professionally with the Dallas Cowboys. He served as an assistant coach at Maryland, Colorado and the University of Idaho before returning to Northwestern, where he served as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator before being named head coach.

Jarvis went to Northwestern University as the equipment manager in 1976 and just retired in 2011. Before that, he worked at Butler High School as the track manager, Clear Fork High School as the football and basketball manager, and Ashland University as football, wrestling and equipment manager. While at Ashland, Jarvis helped to start the Athletic Equipment Managers Association in 1972. He also worked as equipment manager for many regional and national championships held at Ashland.

In 1991 while at Northwestern University, Jarvis developed an internship program for athletic equipment managers. From this internship  program, some of the people are working at places such as North Carolina State, Syracuse University, University of Maryland, University of Iowa Hospitals Cancer Research, FBI, Chicago Law Office Paralegal, and many others. He is most proud of this program.

Jarvis has received a variety of awards and honors throughout his life, one of them being in 2002 when he was named the All-American Football Foundation’s Outstanding Equipment Manager. He has received other awards and honors such as the Ashland University Football Alumni Award in 1998, Ashland University Hall of Fame in 2000, Clear Fork High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008, Northwestern Staff Service Award in 2011 and many others. Jarvis is a 1970 graduate of Ashland College where he graduated with a double major in management and marketing.

Crosby was inducted into The Ohio High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame in 2013.

He coached at Western Michigan University and Purcell High School. He concluded an outstanding 32 year career as head football coach at Mariemont High School in 2012, compiling an overall record of 216-117-1(1978-1998/2001-2012). He guided two state finalist teams in 1980 and 1995.

Coach Cosby also has been awarded the NFL Cincinnati Bengals High School Coach of the Year honor, The Cincinnati Enquirer/Post Coach of the Year, six times CHL Coach of the Year and three time OHSFCA Coach of the Year. Crosby also was a member of the 1972 undefeated team at Ashland.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###