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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:
— Coach Marvin Menzies (@MarvinMenzies) April 11, 2017
Steve Fisher called his shot at SDSU too. pic.twitter.com/wjIPOdJ5kE
— Thoughts Ajar (@jar2theWorld) April 10, 2017
Congrats & thank you Coach Fisher! Great coach, better man who'd make a kid feel special. Wish you & Angie the best. pic.twitter.com/6AjlFDjp6X
— Bob Moosbrugger (@bemoose) April 11, 2017
— AQ (@AqeelQuinn) April 10, 2017
Honored to be apart of the Fisher era. Spent 4 years under a legend not many can say that. Sad to see it come to an end 😭 pic.twitter.com/P6B5UYgh2G
— Skylar Spencer (@SkyRodrigo) April 11, 2017
Man people don't know how great Coach Fish really is ,,, like people don't know!!! 😢 real life getting emotional
— Chase Tapley (@CTap_22) April 10, 2017
The team, the team, the team. Always. Thanks for everything Coach. We wouldn't be here without you. pic.twitter.com/qLajRrByOG
— The Show (@TheShowSDSU) April 10, 2017
Legend 🐐 https://t.co/BkNBSeGJmJ
— Donnel Pumphrey Jr. (@Pumphrey6K) April 11, 2017
🐐Blessed to be able to play for this living legend!! Enjoy retirement Coach pic.twitter.com/ykXz2dUcuM
— Xavier Thames (@Xthames2) April 10, 2017
By the height of Fisher's tenure, SDSU was an NCAA tourney fixture and had maybe the West's best home court. Remarkable transformation.
— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) April 10, 2017
— Beth Burns (@coachbethburns) April 10, 2017
UNLV is a mess, New Mexico can't find a coach & now SDSU's Steve Fisher is retiring. Not good for the Mountain West, so not good for Nevada.
— Chris Murray (@MurrayRGJ) April 10, 2017
— San Diego's Mayor (@SDMayorsOffice) April 10, 2017
Everyone wishes he could be their third grandpa. #ThanksCoachFisher
— Ben Higgins (@BenHigginsSD) April 10, 2017
Brian Dutcher becomes that rarest of birds in college sports. The head coach-in-waiting who actually waited. #ThanksCoachFisher
— Ben Higgins (@BenHigginsSD) April 10, 2017
Sad to see Steve Fisher go. A true gentleman and great coach. Always a joy to be around. Players love him.
— Miles Simon (@milessimon) April 10, 2017
Congrats to Coach Fisher on an amazing career! Had a huge impact on this university. Thankful to have just been around the man. Good Luck!
— Ryan Lindley (@RyanLindley14) April 10, 2017
Was Steve Fisher's beat writer 4 his first 7 years at SDSU. His building of program from then to now 1 of best stories in college history.
— edgraney (@edgraney) April 10, 2017
Steve Fisher sets the bar for a class coach of character. Absolute joy to work at @SDSU with him. Coach, teacher and mentor. Best wishes!
— SDSU Women's Soccer (@AztecWSoccer) April 10, 2017
Thank you for taking a chance on a kid that not many people believed in.. Forever grateful. pic.twitter.com/sIe4owe3mZ
— Germ (@jeremy_hemsley) April 10, 2017
We are losing a giant in the business! Coach Fisher what a phenomenal career! A great person and great coach! You will be missed in the MWC!
— Rodney Terry (@RodneyTerry) April 10, 2017