The Columbia University Athletics #CUBlackExcellence Campaign spotlights men's soccer alumnus Leslie "Tiger" FItzpatrick.
Men's Soccer star Leslie "Tiger" Fitzpatrick '01CC left a lasting impact at Columbia, one that is still felt today. Fitzpatrick still holds coveted spots in the Columbia record books including No. 10 in career goals (22), No. 3 in career assists (22), No. 3 for single season assists (9) and No. 7 for career points (66). During his career at Columbia, he was a four-time All-Ivy League and two-time All-Region honoree.
In 2005, Fitzpatrick signed with Real Salt Lake of MLS. Fitzpatrick, who specialized on the left side of the midfield, joined the expansion team from Atlanta of the A-League. He would go on to play professionally for 10 years in various leagues around the world, including Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
Fitzpatrick also has 30 caps for the Trinidad & Tobago National Team. He had a strong performance against the United States in a 2006 World Cup qualifier, and eventually helped his country qualify for the World Cup. His international youth and senior career spanned 18 years before ending in 2012.
Upon the conclusion of his playing career, Fitzpatrick went on to hold managerial, director and coaching positions at Toronto Skillz FC. He is now the owner/director of his own developmental academy, Train Like Tiger LLC, the executive director of New River United in Blacksburg, Virginia, an assistant coach at Scarborough GS United Women's Soccer Team, and the head coach of the George Brown College Women's Soccer Team, located in Toronto.
Among his many honors, Fitzpatrick was named the 2018 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Central Division Coach of the Year in 2018, after leading George Brown to its first playoff appearance in 20 years. He also led Scarborough GS United to the 2018 Canada Women's Soccer Club Championship.