Friday, September 25, 2009
Fisher's Contract Extended
SDSU head basketball coach Steve Fisher's contract has been extended through the 2012-13 season.
Steve Fisher is signed on to coach through the 2012-2013 season.
San Diego State University has exercised its option on Steve Fisher’s two-year contract extension that will keep the men’s basketball head coach on Montezuma Mesa through the 2012-13 season.
The option was part of his five-year contract, which was set to expire in 2010-11.
“Steve Fisher’s success in men’s basketball at San Diego State is unprecedented in our history,” SDSU Director of Athletics Jeff Schemmel said. “We are elated to extend his stay as the Aztec head coach, and look forward to even greater days ahead.”
Fisher, who is entering his 11th season at SDSU, has guided the school to one of the most dramatic turnarounds in NCAA history and has molded the program into one of the most successful programs over the last four seasons.
As the longest-tenured coach in the Mountain West Conference, Fisher has led the Aztecs to postseason play the last four years, a first in SDSU’s Division I history, and in six of the last eight campaigns.
10 years and counting
Fisher has also coached the team to four consecutive 20-win seasons and five overall in his previous 10 years. In 2008-09, SDSU won a school-record 26 games and advanced to the NIT national semifinals. In the eight seasons prior to his arrival on the Mesa, SDSU averaged just 9.3 wins a year.
Fisher has compiled a record of 173-140 in 10 seasons at SDSU. He has posted a .500 or better mark in seven of his 10 years after the Aztecs had just one break-even record in the 14 seasons before his arrival. Fisher is currently the third-winningest coach in school history and is just 18 wins shy of moving into second place on the SDSU all-time victory chart.
Growing interest and attendance
Interest in program is at an all-time high as the Aztecs averaged 7,023 fans per home game last year, the third-highest total in San Diego State’s Division I history. In fact, SDSU has produced the top-eight season attendance marks in the Division I era under Fisher. On the television side, 200 of 257 San Diego State games have appeared on local, regional or national TV the past eight seasons, an average of 25 televised contests per year during that span.
This season, the Aztecs are expected to challenge for the MWC title, win 20 or more games and reach the postseason. Fisher returns eight letterwinners from 2008-09, including two-time all-MWC pick Billy White, fellow starter D.J. Gay and Tim Shelton, and a top-15 recruiting class. which is rated by some, including the Hoop Scoop Online and Rivals.com, as the No. 1 class among non-automatic-qualifying Bowl Championship Series (BCS) schools.
At the conclusion of the current contract extension, Fisher, who was hired on March 26, 1999, will have the second-longest stint at the helm of the program, trailing only George Ziegenfuss, who served as head coach from 1948-69.