Title: Director of Athletics
Company: Allen University
Location: Irmo, South Carolina, United States
Jerome H. Fitch, Director of Athletics at Allen University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in athletics administration.
A graduate of North Carolina Central University, Dr. Fitch had the good fortune of being exposed to several athletic idols during his undergraduate career, ultimately fueling his own career in athletic administration. These mentors included Dr. Leroy Walker, the first African American U.S. Olympic track coach, and Dr. Jimmy Young. Their dedication and talent struck him, instilling in him the desire to give back and enhance the athletics of kids from all walks of life. Progressing in his professional path, Dr. Fitch attained a Master of Education from North Carolina Central University, as well as a Doctor of Education from South Carolina State University in 1988.
Dr. Fitch commenced his career in 1970 with his alma mater, North Carolina Central University, during which he served as assistant athletics director, assistant men’s basketball coach and sports information director. Subsequently, he served in numerous athletics roles at varying institutions, including head men’s basketball coach at Johnson C. Smith University, Voorhees College and Livingstone College, head women’s basketball coach at Elizabeth City State University and athletics director at Alabama A&M University and Savannah State University. Dr. Fitch also excelled at Claflin University as the director of compliance for three years and the athletics director for nine years.
In 2020, Dr. Fitch came out of retirement to work with Allen University as the director of athletics to help them transition to NCAA Division II. Within a short period, he has been instrumental in the reconfiguration of the athletic department to reach the NCAA standards and has changed the outlook and culture of the university’s athletic program. Dr. Fitch attributes his vast success to the people he has surrounded himself with, as he has realized a great team makes everybody achieve greatness. A member of the 33rd Degree Masons, he is also involved with NCAA task force committees and various local organizations within his community. In five years’ time, he envisions himself settled into retirement for the second time.
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