San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher retires

Ruben Meza, Publisher
Aztec Sports Report
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According to Mark Zeigler of the San Diego-Union Tribune, San Diego State's Steve Fisher is retiring from his head coaching position

Long time assistant and head coach in waiting Brian Dutcher will be announced as SDSU's next head coach on Tuesday, according to the Tribune. He informed the team and school officials on Monday. The school released a time and place for Tuesday's press conference and noted that it will not be open to the public.

The news comes shortly following the team's annual banquet this past weekend, and earlier reports on Monday by CBS' Jon Rothstein that Malik Pope would be returning to SDSU for his senior season, presumably per a conversation with Fisher.

Fisher was the head coach of the Aztecs since 1999. He turned an irrelevant program and turned it into a west coast force, both on the court and in the seats. He took his 2013 team to the Sweet 16 and led the program to 11 consecutive 20-win seasons, selling-out Viejas Arena more than ever before.

Under the 72-year old, two-time national coach of the year, the Aztecs earned eight NCAA Tournament bids (including its first ever win), six Mountain West conference titles and four MW tournament championships.

This past season, his team didn't come close to meeting pre-season expectations and finished with a 19-14 record, its worst since 2005-06, and failing to earn a postseason bid. It reached the NIT semifinals the year prior.

Fisher signed a three-year extension in Nov. 2014, retiring with one year remaining.

SDSU named Viejas Arena's basketball court, "Steve Fisher Court" in 2015. He had a

386–209 record (.649) in his 18 years as the head coach.

Dutcher has been with Fisher since 1989 and this will be his first head coaching position. He takes over a team with a senior class that was considered SDSU's best recruiting class out of high school.

Some initial reaction via Twitter:

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