One of the unsung heroes for any athletic department is its athletic trainer. Brian FitzGerald served as the Head Athletic Trainer for Boston State College at the close of the 1970s and, following the merger with UMass Boston in the early 1980s, he joined the Beacons' athletic training staff and soon became the department's Head Trainer. While at Boston State and UMass Boston, FitzGerald oversaw the care of many Hall of Fame athletes and worked along side Hall of Fame coaches, such as Ed Barry, Charlie Titus, Gordie Webb and Sherman Hart. A charter member and Chairperson of Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts Legislative Committee, he was named the ATOM Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1994. Fitzgerald left UMass Boston in 1996 to join the staff at Children's Hospital in Boston under the direction of world renowned physician, Lyle J. Micheli, M.D. and is the Athletic Trainer/Research & Projects Coordinator for the hospital's Orthopaedics Division of Sports Medicine. A member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association for over 30 years, FitzGerald has served as the organization's District I Chairperson for the NATA Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors and received the NATA 2005 Athletic Trainer Service Award. FitzGerald has been highly visible in other organizations as well, serving as the Executive Secretary on the Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports, was the Chairperson for the Board of Allied Health Professions for Massachusetts and served on the Board of Directors for Sports Medicine Consultants, Inc. During his distinguished career, FitzGerald has assisted with various events including, the Women's World Soccer Cup, ISU World Figure Skating Championships, US Figure Skating Championships, USA Track & Field National Championships, BAA Boston Marathon, Bay State Games, Boston Shootout, McDonald's High School All-American Basketball Game, Boston Ballet Company, Cirque du Soleil as well as various road races.