Cindy Fisher, who for the past three seasons has been an assistant coach at one of the most successful womens collegiate basketball programs in America, has been named Wyoming Cowgirl head coach, Athletics Director Lee Moon announced Friday.
Fisher becomes the fifth head basketball coach in Cowgirl history. Her appointment is subject to University Trustee approval, Moon said. Fisher is a native of Cheyenne, and was a four-year starter for Cheyenne Central High School. Her family still lives in the Cheyenne area.
For the past three seasons Fisher has been an assistant at Old Dominion (Norfolk, Va.), along with Tennessee, the most successful program in womens basketball. It was her 10th year as a coach in the collegiate ranks.
"When one thinks of the most successful womens basketball programs in the country through the years, Old Dominion, Tennessee and Louisiana Tech are the first to come to mind," Moon said. "Those programs have been the standard for success. For us to be able to attract a top flight coach from one of those programs is exciting, and something we can be very proud of.
"It makes it extra special that she is a native of Wyoming," Moon continued. "She has been called one of the brightest, up-and-coming young womens coaches in the country. As we conducted our search, she stood out as the complete package. She is an outstanding floor coach, a great recruiter, and she possesses a high level of energy. I believe she is as capable a head coach as we have hired."
Fisher began her college career as a student-athlete at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, graduating in 1984. She played basketball there until sidelined by a hip injury.
She transferred to Arizona State (Tempe), and graduated with a bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology in 1988. She worked as a graduate assistant at Illinois State (Normal), and completed a Masters degree in Athletic Administration in 1992.
"I am tremendously excited about this opportunity to come back home," Fisher said. "Ive loved the program since childhood, so this has been a dream of mine. I look forward to working with the athletic department, and the people of Wyoming. I think great things are happening here. I have enjoyed my time at Old Dominion, it has been a great experience. But I look forward to the challenges at Wyoming. I know there is great potential in the Cowgirl program, and Im very proud to be a part of it."
Fisher began her professional coaching career at Illinois State as an assistant in 1992. In 1993 she became an assistant at Mesa Community College (Mesa, Ariz.) where she coordinated the recruiting effort, as well as analyzed and prepared scouting reports and strategies. She also assisted in academic development of the student-athletes. She had been at Mesa two years prior to that as a physical education instructor from 1989 through 1991.
In 1994, Fisher was hired at Weber State (Ogden, Utah) as an assistant coach. She also handled recruiting, and was the academic coordinator there.
From 1995 through this season, Fisher had been an assistant coach at Old Dominion. While there, she was the recruiting coordinator, scheduling coordinator, prepared scouting reports and was the public relations liaison for the Lady Monarchs.
During Fishers three years at Old Dominion, the Lady Monarchs were 92-8, including a 34-win season and two 29-win years. During that time, they were runners up to the national champion in 1997, and a Sweet Sixteen participant in 1996, 1997 and 1998. They also won the Colonial Athletic Association Conference Championship three years running.
In addition to her coaching duties, Fisher has been involved as a speaker and clinician to the basketball world. She has been an active guest speaker for a variety of camps, clinics and community functions throughout the country. Prior to coming to Old Dominion, she also ran her own shooting clinics in the West.