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Cardinals Hire Devin Fitzsimmons As Assistant Special Teams Coach

Former Vanderbilt special teams coordinator coached Sarah Fuller

Devin Fitzsimmons during his time as assistant special teams coach with the Lions.
Devin Fitzsimmons during his time as assistant special teams coach with the Lions.

The Cardinals hired Devin Fitzsimmons as their assistant special teams coach on Friday.

He served the past two seasons as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach for Vanderbilt University.

Fitzsimmons was instrumental in helping Sarah Fuller become the first woman to play in a Power Five conference football game last year, when the Commodores needed a kicker due to COVID-19 absences. Fuller, a soccer player at the school who was chosen by Fitzsimmons after a tryout, kicked off against Missouri on Nov. 28 and made an extra point against Tennessee two weeks later.

Fitzsimmons coached for Vanderbilt after a five-year stint as special teams assistant for the Lions from 2014-18. His previous NFL stop was with the Colts in 2011 as an offensive quality control coach.

The Cardinals had an opening because assistant special teams coach Derius Swinton was hired by the Chargers to head up their group. Fitzsimmons will assist Jeff Rodgers, the Cardinals' special teams coordinator and assistant head coach.

The Cardinals have some key special teams decisions to make this offseason.

Kicker Zane Gonzalez, kicker Mike Nugent and punter Andy Lee are all impending unrestricted free agents. Special teams aces Trent Sherfield, Ezekiel Turner and Dennis Gardeck are restricted free agents.

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