Scott Fitterer was named Carolina's general manager in January of 2021 after spending 20 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, most recently as the vice president of football operations.
Scott Fitterer was named general manager of the Carolina Panthers in January of 2021. He previously worked with the Seattle Seahawks from 2001-2020 in a variety of roles, most recently as the vice president of football operations to which he was promoted prior to the 2020 season after serving as co-director of player personnel from 2015-19.
In that role, Fitterer worked collaboratively with former Panthers staffer Trent Kirchner in directing both the college scouting and pro personnel departments in acquiring talent and managing all aspects of the Seattle roster.
He was responsible for the evaluation of all draft-eligible players nationally, oversight of the Seahawks college scouting staff and worked closely with the general manager on every aspect of the annual Draft.
Since Fitterer took over that role in 2015, the Seahawks ranked second in the NFC with 62 total wins, including two division championships and five playoff appearances.
In that span, the Seahawks drafted players such as defensive end Frank Clark, wide receiver Tyler Lockett, defensive back Shaquill Griffin, safety Tre Flowers and wide receiver D.K. Metcalf.
From 2011-14, Fitterer served as the director of college scouting where he fully coordinated the Seahawks' scouting operation and delivering full scouting reports on college prospects throughout the draft process.
During that four-year stretch, Seattle notably drafted defensive back Richard Sherman, linebacker K.J. Wright, quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner who accrued 20 Pro Bowl selections between them and led Seattle to six playoff victories and a win in Super Bowl XLVIII after the 2013 season.
Fitterer began his time in Seattle as an area scout in 2001, working in that role until 2010. Over Fitterer's 20-year stretch with the Seahawks from 2001-20, Seattle was second in the NFC with 188 regular season wins and tied with Green Bay for the most postseason wins (14) among NFC teams.
Before joining Seattle, Fitterer spent three seasons with the New York Giants (1998-2000), as a part-time scout before being assigned to the West Coast region for the 2000 season.
Fitterer was a two-sport athlete in college, playing quarterback in football and pitcher in baseball at UCLA (1992-94) and LSU (1994-95). A 1995 draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays, Fitterer spent three years in Toronto's minor league system (1995-97) before his career ended due to three shoulder surgeries.
In 1998, Fitterer returned to UCLA to earn his undergraduate degree in history. Born in Seattle, Wash., he is a graduate of Kennedy High School in Seattle. Fitterer and his wife, Cherish, have two children – a daughter, Ella, and son, Cole.
1998-99 | New York Giants | Part-time Scout
2000 | New York Giants | West Area Scout
2001-10 | Seattle Seahawks | Area Scout
2011-14 | Seattle Seahawks | Director of College Scouting
2015-19 | Seattle Seahawks | Co-Director of Player Personnel
2020 | Seattle Seahawks | Vice President of Football Operations
2021-pres | Carolina Panthers | General Manager