The End of an Era:
After 18 seasons of leading SDSU men's basketball, Steve Fisher has announced his retirement. The beloved head coach delivered the news to the SDSU community on Tuesday, April 11 during an afternoon news conference at the SDSU Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.
During his tenure on Montezuma Mesa, Fisher led the Aztecs to the NCAA Tournament eight times, steered the team to its first win in the tournament during SDSU’s 2011 Sweet 16 run, and guided the Aztecs to five postseason NIT appearances. These accomplishments were no small feat after taking over a program that had suffered 13 losing seasons in 14 years prior to his arrival. Needless to say, Coach Fisher's vision, passion, and pursuit of excellence will be greatly missed.
“Coach Fisher’s steady leadership, tireless work ethic and commitment to winning the right way transformed our men’s basketball program into a top-tier program that is a source of pride for our campus, our alumni and all of San Diego," said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman.
Coach Fisher was a two-time National Coach of the Year.
Sustain SDSU Basketball Excellence:
In October 2015, the basketball court at Viejas Arena was dedicated by the university to the coach. In addition to the dedication of Steve Fisher Court, an endowment fund in the coach’s name was also established. The Fisher Basketball Endowment was created to support the men’s basketball program in perpetuity. This fund plays a vital role in the continued success of the Aztecs by providing financial assistance to priority areas including scholarships, equipment needs, and recruiting and travel budgets.
Honoring the Steve Fisher Legacy:
Current and former players feel the Fisher Basketball Endowment adequately honors the most successful men’s basketball coach in the university’s history.
Former player and current Director of Player Development, Tim Shelton said, "Supporting the endowment with a small donation will appropriately recognize someone who has made a big impact."
D.J. Gay, the Aztecs point guard from 2008-2011, expressed his gratitude for Coach Fisher's leadership and mentorship when learning about the endowment. "Coach Fisher didn't tell me what I wanted to hear. He told me what I needed to hear, and that made me a better person and player. We owe coach a debt of gratitude."
Please join the SDSU community in honoring Steve Fisher by supporting the Fisher Basketball Endowment, ensuring excellence for the men's basketball program for years to come. Your gift of any amount will help us reach our $18,000 goal, which represents the number of years Coach Fisher dedicated to SDSU and its men's basketball program.
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