San Diego State's Steve Fisher to retire

Apr 12, 2017, 01:08
San Diego State's Steve Fisher to retire

But his time at San Diego State is probably a better lasting legacy (not least because MI vacated quite a few wins from the Fisher era).

The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because Fisher's decision hasn't been announced by the school. Fisher remains synonymous with MI basketball after leading the Wolverines to the 1989 national championship and guiding the famed Fab Five to back-to-back title game appearances, but that shouldn't overshadow what he accomplished during a successful second act at San Diego State.

"While Fisher has been at SDSU since the 1999-00 season, he is best known for leading the 'Fab Five" at MI. The Aztecs finished 19-14 and failed to make a postseason tournament or win 20 games for the first time in 12 seasons.

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Fisher was promoted to replace Frieder and coached the Wolverines to the title. He has been an assistant under Fisher since his time in MI.

Fisher previously coached at the University of MI. Those six straight wins earned Fisher the full-time job, though he would never reach such heights again. Undaunted, Fisher tried to restock his undermanned roster by finding overlooked in-state prospects out of high school and turning the Aztecs into a destination for high-caliber transfers in need of a second chance. He's also credited with bringing Kawhi Leonard to SDSU.

Brian Dutcher was named head coach in waiting at San Diego State in 2011.

He eventually built the program to the point that the Aztecs' loud, sold-out arena provided a terrific home-court advantage.