|Steve Fisher Named Naismith Coach of the Year Finalist|
|Written by Sports News Southwest|
|Wednesday, 16 March 2011 11:10|
San Diego, California - San Diego State men’s basketball head coach Steve Fisher has been named a finalist for the Naismith Coach-of-the-Year Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. Fisher is one of four finalists for the award, joining Ohio State’s Thad Matta, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey and Brigham Young’s Dave Rose.
Fisher, who was named the USBWA District IX Coach of the Year and the Mountain West Conference Co-Coach of the Year last week, has helped the Aztecs go 32-2 this season. Fisher led No. 6/5 SDSU to a 72-54 victory over Brigham Young on Saturday for its second consecutive Mountain West tournament championship. In addition, San Diego State earned a share of the regular season title. The Aztecs have been in the top 25 every week and in the top 10 of both major college basketball polls for 13 straight weeks.
On Sunday, SDSU earned the No. 2 seed in the West Region of the 2011 NCAA Championship. It is the second-best seed of Fisher’s coaching career, just below the 1993 NCAA runner-up Michigan team, which was the top seed in the West Region.
San Diego State, which heads into the tournament tied with Ohio State and Kansas for the best record in the country, travels to Tucson, Ariz., to play 15th-seeded Northern Colorado (21-10) on Thursday, March 17 at 1:40 p.m. PT.