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TCU promotes NC-ex Zarnell Fitch to defensive line coach

TCU head football coach Gary Patterson has announced the promotion of ex-Navarro Bulldog Zarnell Fitch from director of high school relations to defensive line coach.

Dan Sharp will continue in his role as a defensive line coach, a position he took over last year. Second-year graduate assistant Jason Phillips, a four-time all-conference linebacker (2005-08) for the Horned Frogs who played four years in the NFL, will be the linebackers coach.

Fitch  joined the TCU football staff in June 2014 as director of high school relations. Fitch was a two-year letterman (2004-05) on the defensive line for TCU before playing two seasons in the NFL. He spent three years, including the 2013 campaign as head coach, on the football staff at Lincoln High School in Dallas, where he coached TCU wide receiver Emanuel Porter.

While at Lincoln, Fitch was also a special education teacher.

Fitch graduated from TCU in May 2006 with a communications degree and minor in social work. He then worked as a graduate assistant at TCU in both football and academic services.

After his NFL career, Fitch played an additional two seasons in arena football.

Fitch recorded two interceptions his senior year with the Horned Frogs. The second pick came in his final game, a diving grab in the EV1.net Houston Bowl win over Iowa State.

Fitch started three games at nose tackle while playing in all 12 contests in the 2005 campaign.