Thursday, May 29, 2014
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone Selects Former Australia NBL Coach and Hall of Fame Pro-Ball Player to Head Men’s Basketball - Press Release, Office of College Advancement
Fremont, CA—Scott Fisher, new Head Men’s Basketball Coach for the Renegades, comes to Ohlone College with a history of coaching both college and professional basketball as well as a long history of playing pro-ball in the National Basketball League in Australia. Fisher spent the past four seasons at University of Hawaii as Assistant Coach, which was preceded by four years as Head Coach for the Perth Wildcats, where he lead the Wildcats to NBL Finals in each of his four seasons.
In his first two seasons as an assistant at UH, Fisher helped mentor all-conference center Vander Joaquim who became just one of two players in school history to finish with more than 1,200 points and 800 rebounds in a career. Meanwhile, last season also saw the emergence of Isaac Fotu, the Big West Conference Co-Freshman of the Year.
Prior to Fisher’s coaching career, he had a Hall of Fame career in the NBL for nearly two decades as a player in Australia’s National Basketball League, winning a pair of league MVP honors as well as three league titles. The perennial all-star started his career in 1987 with the North Melbourne Giants. Fisher was awarded the NBL’s MVP and the Grand Final MVP, and helped his team to the NBL championship in 1989. Fisher went on to play for the Perth Wildcats four years later and would go on to participate in two additional NBL championships in 1995 and 2000.
As a member of the Australian National Team for four years, Fisher participated in numerous international events, including the 1996 Olympics in which the Australians finished in fourth place. Two years later, he represented Australia in the 1998 World Championships and was a silver medalist at the Goodwill Games.
Fisher was named in the NBL’s 20th Anniversary Team in 1998 and the 25th Anniversary Team in 2003 shortly after retiring from play. In 2007, Fisher was inducted into the NBL Hall of Fame.
A native of Fremont, CA and alumni from Mission San Jose High School, Fisher played collegiate basketball at UC Santa Barbara (1982-86). Originally joining the team as a walk-on, he left the school ranked in the top five in career points (1,351) and rebounds (664). A two-time all-conference selection and the record holder for points in a game (39), Fisher is a member of the UC Santa Barbara Athletic Hall of Fame.