Steve Fisher retiring from San Diego State basketball


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SAN DIEGO – San Diego State men's basketball head coach Steve Fisher is retiring, sources said Monday.

The legendary coach notified his staff, players and SDSU President Elliot Hirshman of his decision, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday.

Brian Dutcher, known as the “coach in waiting” since 2011, is expected to take the reins Tuesday following a news conference.

Fisher coached the University of Michigan for several years and during the 1988-1989 season, he led the Wolverines men's basketball team to their only national championship in school history.

Fisher has been the head coach at San Diego State since the 1999-2000 season where he won just five games in his initial year.  Fisher became the all-time winningest coach at SDSU with 386 victories including 11 20-win seasons and eight NCAA tournament appearances.

"Pretty much the whole school is bummed, he's been around here for a long time... it's been a privilege going to games, he's really built up a program from the ground up," said SDSU student Michael Hofacket.

For the past couple of years, the 72-year-old said he would decide at the end of each season if he would return and after missing the post-season for the first time in 11 seasons, he has decided to hang up his whistle.

Fisher coached for more 50 years at the high school and college level.  Fisher finishes with a 571-290 career record, six conference titles, 15 NCAA appearances and three Final Fours.

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