April 24, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego has announced that head women's basketball coach Cindy Fisher has received a multi-year contract extension.
"I want to thank President Lyons, Ky Snyder and all of the administration for showing faith in my leadership to guide the University of San Diego women's basketball program into the future," stated Fisher. "I am blessed to be a part of this prestigious University, and to work with such outstanding student athletes and staff on a daily basis."
Fisher, the 2012 WCC Coach of the Year, helped guide the Toreros to their best season in program history, as the team set several records including most wins in program history (26), surpassing the 21-win record Fisher's 06-07 team had set, a second place finish in the WCC with the most wins in West Coast Conference play (12), and the team also reached the Final Four of the Women's National Invitational Tournament. Under her tutelage this season, USD recorded their first ever postseason win, as they defeated Cal State Northridge and Pacific in the first two rounds of the WNIT at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, before going on the road to defeat Texas Tech, and the University of Washington to reach the Final Four. In the semifinal game, the Toreros had a valiant effort come short, as they lost to eventual WNIT champion Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
"Coach Fisher has done an outstanding job with our program," said Ky Snyder, Executive Director of Athletics. "Her approach of emphasizing academic and athletic excellence has led our program to excel in both areas. This year's WNIT semi-final run underscores the success of the program in a conference that now ranks eighth in RPI with multiple top 25 programs. We are excited to have Cindy continue to lead our program."
Along the way this season, Fisher helped guide three Toreros to All-WCC accolades, highlighted by a pair of first-team honors for senior guards Dominique Conners and Morgan Woodrow, while sophomore guard Amy Kame took home All-WCC honorable mention accolades. Conners, one of coach Fisher's most prized recruits at USD, also shattered the USD all-time scoring record this season, as she finished her illustrious career with 1,817 points.
In her seven seasons at the helm, Fisher has now recorded six consecutive winning seasons, including three post season trips, and two 20-win seasons, the only two 20-win seasons in program history.
Under her watch, 17 Toreros have taken home All-WCC honors, including one WCC Co-Player of the Year in Amanda Rego back in 2008. Since her arrival back in the 2005-06 season, her peers have honored Fisher as the WCC Coach of the Year twice.