Mount St. Mary boys basketball coach Andy Fisher resigned over the weekend to pursue other opportunities, he confirmed to The Oklahoman.
Fisher spent the past two seasons with the Rockets after spending seven years as an assistant coach at McGuinness, where he coached the forwards and developed a special relationship with current NBA player Daniel Orton.
“I’m going to pursue some other basketball opportunities and maybe some opportunities outside of basketball as well,” Fisher said.
Fisher said his family situation has changed since taking the job. He and his wife Monica had one son when he took the job, but they have since added another son to the mix.
Fisher’s hope is to coach collegiately and advance from there.
“This was my first job,” he said. “I plan on working towards college, NBA. I want to coach the best and be at the best level, so those are things I’m trying to go to.”
Coaching players like Orton and former McGuinness standout Gabe Ikard, who just finished a successful football career at Oklahoma, certainly help.
Fisher became a close family friend of Orton’s and he said they still talk daily.
“It goes way beyond basketball and at the end of the day that’s what it’s about,” Fisher said. “You can coach all you want, but you want relationships with your players so 20 years from now you can still have that relationship with them.”
Mount St. Mary went 7-19 last season, but Fisher said the team returns three starters next season.
He also said coaching at Mount St. Mary was a great experience.
“I enjoyed the two years,” Fisher said. “They were a great two years. We didn’t win as many games as I would have liked to, but every coach obviously wants to win every game. At the end of the day, it was a great experience; I’ve got great relationships with the players, the staff and faculty. The biggest thing is my situation is different from when I first came here.”