Famous for coaching the Fab Five and earning a rare distinction in 1989
The one-time Western Michigan assistant coach cut his teeth with the Michigan Wolverines for seven seasons. That was until hours after Selection Sunday 1989. In the days long before social media, let alone the Internet…once popular coach Bill Frieder shockingly resigned to become the coach at Arizona State. This was before Michigan played in that year’s NCAA Tournament.
The Wolverines used that time as fuel and led by Glen Rice, won the 1989 National Championship. The NCAA credits the regular season only to Frieder, but Steve Fisher is the only person to start his coaching career in the tournament and ended up winning an NCAA Championship.
During the Fab Five era in 1991-93, Michigan defied convention and shocked the world making it to two championship games before losing each time. Even worse, thanks to the Ed Martin scandal later that decade, those Final Four appearances were later by vacated along with their 2007 NIT Championship.
Coach Fisher then spent his final 18 years at San Diego State, with the Aztecs reaching the NCAA’s nine times during his tenure. The furthest they got in the NCAA Tournament was the Sweet 16 round twice, in 2011 and 2016 and also the Final Four of the NIT–in the years 2009 and 2016.
He announced his retirement on Monday afternoon, and a formal press conference took place at the school on Tuesday. An interesting man with quite an eye for talent. He will be missed on the college scene.
Zach Collins to skip final three years at Gonzaga, will enter NBA Draft
The backup center/forward for Gonzaga surprised a lot of people during the Final Four with his heady play and penchant for playing aggressively. On Tuesday, he decided to enter the NBA Draft and hired an agent. So much for the key cogs of the Bulldogs offense, with Przemek Karnowski graduating–Mark Few will be looking for a few good centers to fill a gaping void this coming November.