SAN DIEGO (AP) — Steve Fisher felt it was simply time to step away from his long, distinguished and somewhat unusual basketball coaching career.
Fisher will probably be best remembered for his Michigan years, when he led the Wolverines to the 1989 national championship after being promoted on the eve of the NCAA Tournament, and later coaching the Fab Five.
But he says he’s proudest of what he did in 18 seasons at San Diego State, turning what had been a basketball backwater into a perennial postseason participant.
“San Diego State is my legacy,” Fisher said at a news conference Tuesday, when he handed over the program to his long-time assistant, Brian Dutcher.
Dutcher has been associate head coach-head coach in waiting since 2011.
Fisher was 386-209 at SDSU and 619-307 overall.
Fisher will have a part-time role with SDSU’s athletic department.