Willie Fritz
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSam Houston State
Biographical details
Born (1960-04-02) April 2, 1960 (age 60)
Playing career
1978–1981Pittsburg State
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Pittsburg State (SA)
Shawnee Mission NW HS (KS) (asst.)
Sam Houston State (GA)
Willis HS (TX) (assistant)
Coffeyville CC (DC)
Sam Houston State (DB/ST)
Central Missouri
Sam Houston State
Head coaching record
Overall128–56 (college)
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
6–1 (NCAA D-I playoffs)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
2 NJCAA National (1995–1996)
1 MIAA (2003)
2 Southland (2011, 2012)
AFCA FCS Coach of the Year (2011), Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2012)

Willie Fritz (born April 2, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He is the current head coach at Sam Houston State University, a position he has held since the 2010 season. From 1997 to 2009, Fritz served as the head football coach at the University of Central Missouri. From 1993 to 1996, he was the head football coach at Blinn College, a junior college in Brenham, Texas.

Coaching careerEdit

From 1993 to 1996, Fritz was head coach at Blinn College.[1] He turned around a program that had gone 5-24-1 in its three previous seasons, producing a 39-5-1 record.[2] Willie Fritz lead the team to two national junior college championships, in 1994 and 1996.[3] For his efforts at Blinn, Fritz has been inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.[4]

Willie Fritz coached at the University of Central Missouri from 1997 until 2009, leading the Mules to their first post-season berth in 32 years when they defeated Minnesota-Duluth in the 2001 Mineral Water Bowl.[5] In 2002, Central Missouri earned its first NCAA Division II playoff berth after winning the Mid-America Athletic Association (MIAA) championship.[6] Fritz became the university's "winningest" coach with a 97-47 record.[7]

Fritz was the second member of his family to coach at Central Missouri.[8] His father, the late Harry Fritz, was the Mules' head football coach in 1952 and later become executive director of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).[9]

Willie Fritz became the 14th head football coach at Sam Houston State University on December 18, 2010.[10] During the 2011 season, his second year at Sam Houston State University, Fritz coached the Bearkats to the FCS's only undefeated regular season and into the FCS playoffs.

Before his coaching career, Fritz served as a graduate assistant for the Bearkat squads that went 16-6 in 1984-85 and won the 1985 Gulf Star Conference championship.[11] He went on to become the secondary and special teams coach for the Bearkats in 1991 and 1992, helping lead Sam Houston to a Southland Conference championship.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Fritz and his wife, Susan, have three children, Wesley, Elaine, and Brooke.[13]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Central Missouri Mules (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1997–2009)
1997 Central Missouri 5–6 4–5 6th
1998 Central Missouri 8–3 6–3 T–3rd
1999 Central Missouri 7–4 5–4 4th
2000 Central Missouri 7–4 5–4 T–4th
2001 Central Missouri 10–2 7–2 2nd W Mineral Water
2002 Central Missouri 10–2 8–1 2nd L NCAA Division II First Round
2003 Central Missouri 9–2 7–2 T–1st
2004 Central Missouri 7–4 5–4 4th
2005 Central Missouri 7–3 5–3 5th
2006 Central Missouri 5–6 3–6 T–6th
2007 Central Missouri 7–4 6–3 T–3rd
2008 Central Missouri 7–4 5–4 T–4th
2009 Central Missouri 8–3 6–3 T–2nd
Central Missouri: 97–47 72–44
Sam Houston State Bearkats (Southland Conference) (2010–present)
2010 Sam Houston State 6–5 4–3 T–3rd
2011 Sam Houston State 14–1 7–0 1st L NCAA Division I Championship
2012 Sam Houston State 11–4 6–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I Championship
Sam Houston State: 31–9 17–4
Total: 128–56
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