April 22, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Athletics Director Lee Moon announced today that head women's basketball coach Cindy Fisher has decided to leave her position at the University of Wyoming for personal reasons.
"We are disappointed that Cindy (Fisher) has decided to pursue other career opportunities, but we respect her decision," said Moon. "We appreciate what she has done to build the Cowgirl program into one of the up and coming programs in college basketball, and we wish her well in her future.
"Women's basketball at Wyoming is headed in the right direction, having advanced to the second round of the WNIT this past season," added Moon. "We feel that the new head coach at the University of Wyoming will be walking into an excellent opportunity, with quality student-athletes, first-rate facilities and outstanding fan support."
"I want to thank President (Philip) Dubois, Lee Moon, the athletic administration and support staff for the opportunity that has been given to me the last five years," said Fisher. "I feel very fortunate to have been a part of this University and athletic department.
"I also want to acknowledge the hard work and effort put in by my past and present players and my coaching staff. It has taken a great deal of dedication by all the players and coaches to get this program to a high level."
Fisher said she plans to explore other college coaching opportunities at the NCAA Division I level.
She also stated that she would have no further comment.
Fisher recently completed her fifth season as head coach at Wyoming. Her teams improved every year she coached at Wyoming from a 7-19 record her first season of 1998-99 to an 18-12 record this past season.
In the 2002-03 season, Wyoming finished with a 7-7 conference mark, included in its seven conference wins were victories over NCAA Tournament teams Brigham Young and New Mexico, and WNIT participant Colorado State.
Wyoming's 18 wins was its most since the 1989-90 season, and its appearance in the Women's National Invitation Tournament was its first since that same 1989-90 campaign. Wyoming defeated Montana in the first round of the 2003 WNIT before falling in the second round to Colorado State.
Moon said that a national search would begin immediately for a new head coach, but that no specific timetable for filling the position would be established.