Steve Fisher retires, SDSU promotes Dutcher

by Steven Clarke April 13, 2017, 0:58
Steve Fisher retires, SDSU promotes Dutcher

Steve Fisher, the former 1989 national champion coach at the University of MI and icon as head coach at San Diego State University has called made a decision to step away from the game after 18 years with the Aztecs.

A source confirmed to Yahoo Sports on Monday that Fisher is retiring, leaving behind an impressive legacy at two schools.

The program is holding a news conference tomorrow to officially announce his retirement and introduce Brian Dutcher as his replacement.

From 2009-15, Fisher went on a six-year run of sending the Aztecs to the NCAA Tournament.

Fisher's career record at MI from 1989-97 was 185-81 with six NCAA tournament appearances and an NIT championship.

The San Diego Union-Tribune first reported that Fisher was retiring. Please support our efforts. The story of the Fab Five is well known, with the young stars - Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King, and Juwan Howard - leading the Wolverines to the national championship game only to fall to Duke.

Fisher, a Herrin, Ill., native and graduate of Illinois State, also worked as an assistant coach at Wester Michigan from 1979 to 1982.

Dutcher was an assistant coach with the Jackrabbits under Jim Thorsen from 1986 through 1988 until joining Fisher at MI in 1989.

“To me, its like Im the head coach and I havent lost my main asset, ” said Dutcher, whose father, Jim, was head coach at Minnesota from 1975-86. Fisher instead proved them wrong, staying put because he felt he had found a program where he could leave his mark.

"That's important to me", he said.

Fisher took his teams to eight NCAA tournaments during his tenure and won the Mountain West Conference regular season championship 10 times.

Fisher is stepping down after a disappointing season. He's also credited with bringing Kawhi Leonard to SDSU. Then-athletic director Bo Schembechler wouldn't allow Frieder to coach in the Tournament and named Fisher interim coach.

In 2010-11, Fisher led San Diego State to the finest season in school history when the MW champion Aztecs won their first-ever NCAA tournament games and advanced to the Sweet 16 before finishing with a 34-3 record.

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