SDSU's Steve Fisher To Receive Legends Of Coaching Award
San Diego State basketball coach Steve Fisher will be given the 2015 John R. Wooden Award's Legends of Coaching honor, it was announced Wednesday.
Fisher, who helped the University of Michigan win a national championship and turned SDSU into an NCAA power, joins a list of honorees that includes coaching luminaries such as Lute Olson of Arizona, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Dean Smith of North Carolina.
Fisher will receive the award at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the weekend of April 10-12.
He is 312-176 in 15 seasons at San Diego State. He has guided the Aztecs to the NCAA tournament seven times, including five straight appearances. Last season, the Aztecs were 31-5 and reached the Sweet Sixteen.
Fisher has an overall record of 421-255, including 8 1/2 years at Michigan, where he won the NCAA championship in his first season as head coach.
Nan Wooden, the daughter of the late UCLA coach John Wooden, made the announcement at the annual Los Angeles Athletic Club Wooden Award Tipoff Luncheon. Basketball practice at colleges starts in about a week.
The Legends of Coaching award was created in 1999 by a committee that sponsors the Wooden Award, which goes to the nation's top men's and women's college basketball players. Fisher is the first coach of a Southern California school to win the award. He was representing the Aztecs at the luncheon when the announcement was made.
Honorees are selected based on character, success on the court, graduation rates of student-athletes, coaching philosophy and identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.