James Fitzgerald attended Lyndhurst High School in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, where he started three years of varsity baseball. Under-recruited out of high school, Fitzgerald walked-on at Wesley College in Delaware and made the team but injury sidelined him the first year. He then went on to transfer to New Jersey City University where he would also walk-on. He was cut by the team by the second practice.
In hopes of one last chance at college baseball, Fitzgerald transferred to Bergen Community College, a JUCO located in Paramus, NJ, where he would make the team as a two year starter and leadoff hitter for the Bulldogs. He hit .407 his freshman year receiving First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference (GSAC) honors, as well as Player-of-the-Year nominee. His sophomore year, he posted a .360 average and received All-Region Honorable Mention while committing to further his athletic and academic career by receiving a scholarship to play Division 1 baseball at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Although the visit was short stayed due to Division 1 eligibility requirements, Fitzgerald learned what it took to compete against the best college athletes in the world. Fitzgerald then took his talents to Kean University where he would conclude his college career with a .330 batting average with nearly 150 career hits, 133 games played, 92 runs scored and only 1 error committed as an outfielder.
Post College Career
Fitzgerald has kept busy since he last walked off the campus of Kean University. He played in the competitive Metropolitan Summer Baseball league for the Rutherford Rays. His techniques and training would help him produce a .460 batting average, along with 10 doubles and just 6 strikeouts in nearly 83 plate appearances. The Rutherford Rays went on to capture their very first League Championship. Fitzgerald has also taken over the Lyndhurst Post 139 Baseball Team as head coach and is an Assistant coach at his alma mater Bergen Community College, as well as The Bergen Mallers in the Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League.