San Diego State University's men's basketball coach Steve Fisher announced his decision to retire to university staff Monday, 10News sports director Ben Higgins independently confirmed. Brian Dutcher, who has always been thought to be the Head Coach in waiting for the Aztecs, takes over the team and will work to try and get them back into the NCAA Tournament after missing it the last two seasons.
Fisher had coached since the 1988-1989 season, where he began with the University of MI.
While San Diego State is keeping continuity with the elevation of Brian Dutcher - he has been an assistant under Fisher dating back to MI and played a part in the recruitment of the "Fab Five" - it still won't almost be the same. He led the Michigan Wolverines in the late 1980s and the Fab Five group of the early 1990s, taking the program to three Final Fours.
Fisher's overall record, when you factor in the MI wins that are no longer officially counted (but still happened, there are YouTube videos and everything) will be 571-290.
The school scheduled a news conference for Tuesday. "Thanks Coach Fisher for transforming SDSU basketball and leaving behind an incredible legacy". Fisher instead proved them wrong, staying put because he felt he had found a program where he could leave his mark.
Although he had one more year remaining on his latest contract, he has chose to end his career after a 19-14 season.
As the head coach at San Diego State he finished 386-209, making him the winningest coach in Aztec basketball history. He has formally held the title "head coach in waiting" since the 2011 season. Costume-clad members of "The Show" gave the Aztecs one of the best home-court advantages of any West Coast team with their signature chants and cardboard cutouts.
Fisher and the Glen Rice-led Wolverines went on a magical run through the NCAA Tournament, defeating Seton Hall in the title game. They won at least 20 games 12 times and their two 30-win seasons culminated in Sweet 16 appearances, including with Kawhi Leonard in 2011.