March 26, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Cindy Fisher, who just completed her fifth and most successful season as Wyoming Cowgirl head basketball coach, has been awarded a contract extension, UW Athletics Director Lee Moon announced Wednesday.
Moon indicated the extension would be through the 2008 season. He said her compensation package would remain the same for the first year of the extension due to UW's "no-raise" policy for the next fiscal year. He said her package of $113,000 would be adjusted the following year.
Fisher's Cowgirls finished the 2002-03 season with an 18-12 record, advancing to the second round of the Women's NIT. They were 7-7 in Mountain West Conference play.
"The growth and development of our women's basketball program has been steady," Moon said, "and we have been pleased with that development. From her team's outstanding academic performance, to its play on the floor, Cindy has placed the program on solid footing.
"The future of the program is very bright, and we are looking forward to having her represent Cowgirl basketball for many years to come."
Before coming to Wyoming, Fisher was an assistant coach at Old Dominion (Norfolk, Va.) for three seasons.
"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to remain at Wyoming," Fisher said. "I feel our program is moving in the right direction, and with the student-athletes we have recruited for next year we are going to continue moving in that direction. I appreciate President Dubois and Coach Moon giving me this chance to continue what we have started here."
Fisher, a native of Cheyenne, indicated that her coaching staff would remain intact. Her staff includes full-time coaches Mary Ann Falcosky, Aubrey Eblin, Blaine Patterson and graduate assistant Niecee Madrigal.
"Both UW basketball teams did very well getting into post-season play, but winning a game in the WNIT was historic for the Cowgirls," President Philip Dubois said. "This contract extension is a way of expressing our confidence in what Cindy has accomplished thus far, and what we believe she can accomplish in the future. What her team has accomplished in the classroom is extremely impressive. As a Wyoming native she is a great representative of her state, and of this University."
This past season was the Cowgirls' best since the 1996-97 season. Their first-round victory over Montana in the WNIT, was Wyoming's first-ever victory in post-season play. Senior Carrie Bacon was named to the first team Verizon Academic All-District VII. She was a two-time Academic All-Conference and Scholar-Athlete honoree, as well as a second-team All-Mountain West selection.
In addition, Wyoming set a league record with 11 Academic All-MWC selections this past season. The Cowgirls also produced one of the highest team grade-point averages in the country.