Cindy Fisher enters her fifth season as the head basketball coach at the University of Wyoming. She was named head coach on March 27, 1998, and became just the fifth head basketball coach in Cowgirl history.
She recorded her first career coaching victory on Nov. 18, 1998, as Wyoming defeated Denver, 60-56. Her first conference win came on Jan. 9, 1999, against WAC foe Tulsa, 76-63.
During her four years at Wyoming, she has posted an overall record of 41-69 (.373) and a 15-41 (.268) mark in conference play. She has coached four All-Conference players in both the Western Athletic and Mountain West Conferences, including three-time All-Conference selection Carrie Bacon.
Prior to Wyoming, Fisher was an assistant coach at Old Dominion (Norfolk, Va.) for three seasons, one of the most successful women's collegiate basketball programs in America. While there, she was the recruiting coordinator, and recruited some of the top players in the United States and internationally, the scheduling coordinator, prepared scouting reports and was the public relations liaison for the Lady Monarchs. Former players coached by Fisher include Ticha Peniecheiro, Clarisse Machanguana, Mery Andrade and Nyree Roberts. She was also the offensive coordinator for three seasons, in which she helped coordinate an up-tempo transition style of basketball that ranked the Lady Monarchs in scoring offense, and had a large part in the development of the post players. During those three years at Old Dominion, the Lady Monarchs were 92-8, including a 34-win season and two 29-win years. In that time, they were runners-up to the national champion in 1997, and a Sweet Sixteen participant in 1996, '97 and '98. They also won the Colonial Athletic Association Conference Championship three years running.
Fisher began her college basketball career as a student-athlete at Eastern Wyoming 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 bachelor of science degree in physical education with an emphasis in exercise physiology in 1988. She worked as a graduate assistant at Illinois State (Normal), and completed her Master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in administration of sport in 1992. She began her professional coaching career at Illinois State as an assistant coach during the 1992-93 season. In 1993-94, she became an assistant at Mesa Community College (Mesa, Ariz.) ,where she coordinated the recruiting effort, as well as analyzed and prepared scouring reports and strategies. She also assisted in academic development of student-athletes. She had been at Mesa two years prior to that as a physical education instructor from 1988 to 1990. During the 1994-95 season, Fisher was hired at Weber State (Ogden, Utah) as an assistant coach. She handled recruiting, and was the academic coordinator, before moving onto Old Dominion.
In addition to her coaching duties, Fisher has been involved as a speaker and clinician to the basketball world. During the 2002 National Coaches Convention in San Antonio, Texas, she was a speaker for the "yes" clinics sponsored by the WBCA and NCAA. She has also been an active guest speaker for a variety of camps, clinics and community functions throughout the country and including her own in Laramie during the summer. The Cindy Fisher basketball camps put on annually at the University of Wyoming have grown into one of the largest basketball camp programs in the country averaging 1,800 to 2,000 campers a summer. An active member of the WBCA, she is currently serving on the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award selection committee and recently became a voting member of the USA Today/ESPN board of coaches for the voting for weekly Top 25.
Fisher is a native of Cheyenne, and was a three-year starter for Cheyenne Central High School. Her family still lives in the Cheyenne area.