San Diego, California - San Diego State men’s basketball head coach Steve Fisher checked in at No. 18 on ESPN.com’s top-50 coaches list, it was announced on Wednesday.
The 2014 Mountain West Coach of the Year earned his spot at No. 18 after 45 ESPN college hoops writers, editors, broadcasters and analysts were asked to vote on coaches’ current overall performance.
After revealing coaches Nos. 25-50, ESPN.com began its countdown to No. 1 by announcing one coach per day. At No. 18, Fisher finished ahead of Bob McKillop of Davidson (No. 24), Greg McDermott of Creighton (No. 23), Harvard’s Tommy Amaker (No. 22), SMU head coach Larry Brown (No. 21), Ohio State’s Thad Matta (No. 20) and Jay Wright of Villanova (No. 19).
This past season, Fisher guided the Aztecs to the MW regular-season championship, the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament and a 31-5 record despite returning only two starters and being picked to finish fourth in the preseason conference poll.
The Sweet 16 appearance was SDSU’s second in four seasons, and during that time period, it has posted a cumulative record of 114-27 and reached at least the third round of the NCAA tournament three different times. In fact, San Diego State is in the midst of a five-year NCAA tourney run in which it has gone 139-36 overall and won five Mountain West titles. This coming season (2014-15), Fisher is poised to return three starters and welcome a top-25 recruiting class after finishing No. 13/12 in the final 2013-14 AP and USA Today Coaches Polls, respectively.
In 15 seasons as head coach of the Aztecs, Fisher has posted a 312-176 record, guided SDSU to eight league titles and led it to 11 postseason appearances, including seven at the NCAA tournament level. At the conclusion of the 2010-11 campaign, one in which San Diego State finished with a 34-3 record, Fisher was named the Naismith and NABC National Coach of the Year.