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The Nittany Lions play at the Three Rivers Classic on Dec. 27-28
Penn State hosts Robert Morris on Sat., Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.
Four freshmen, one sophomore to join Nittany Lions for 2013-14 season
Head coach Guy Gadowsky and members of the team met with the media Monday, Oct. 8
Assistant coach Keith Fisher enters his fourth season with the Nittany Lion varsity program for the 2015-16 season. Fisher has 17 years of coaching experience in college and junior hockey.
AT PENN STATE
Fisher's recruiting and coaching acumen has been vital to Penn State rise in the 2014-15 season. With a team cast mostly of his recruits, the Nittany Lions turned a preseason sixth-place prediction in the Big Ten into a title contented season with an 18-15-4 overall record and 10-9-1-0 mark in the conference.
The Nittany Lions set new highs for offensive output led by Casey Bailey's 22 goals. Bailey, a Fisher recruit, led the Big Ten in scoring and parlayed his successful junior season into a two-year NHL contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
During the 2013-14 campaign, Fisher helped guide the Nittany Lions during the Big Ten Conference's first season. Penn State, which faced seven NCAA tournament teams and three Frozen Four participants, highlighted its season with a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Michigan in the Big Ten Quarterfinals.
In 2012-13, the assistant coach helped lead the Nittany Lions to a 13-14-0 record during their inaugural NCAA Division I season. Fisher helped guide Penn State to several marquee victories, including wins against three future Big Ten opponents (Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin).
Fisher joined the Penn State staff after a six-year stint at Princeton (2005-11). With the Tigers, he helped lead the team to a pair of NCAA tournament berths (2008, 2009) and the 2008 ECAC Hockey title. The Minnesota native headed up the Princeton recruiting.
BEFORE COLLEGE COACHING
Prior to his time at Princeton, Fisher spent five years with the USHL's Omaha Lancers' coaching staff, helping the team to the Clark Cup championship in 2001 and Anderson Cup regular-season championships in both 2002 and 2005.
In Omaha, he served as the team's recruiting coordinator and academic advisor, in addition to other responsibilities of on-ice coaching, video breakdown and game analysis.
Fisher helped coach and recruit NHL first-round draft picks Keith Ballard and Nick Petrecki, seven current NHL players, including Matt Carle and Paul Stastny, and USHL Goaltender of the Year and USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year Jeff Lerg. Fisher helped develop 54 NCAA Division I scholarship players and 12 NHL draft picks.
Fisher has coached at Minnesota Hockey Camps for more than a decade. His coaching career began in the Minnesota public school system as a coach of both football and baseball at Cherry High School. Prior to his arrival in Omaha, Fisher served two seasons with St. Cloud State University's hockey program as an undergraduate assistant.
Fisher served as associate coach for Team USHL at the USHL Prospects/All-Star game during his final season in Omaha. He has served on staff as a lead instructor at the Minnesota Hockey Camps of Brainerd, Minnesota. Fisher has also been a part of USA Hockey Select Festivals.
A graduate of St. Cloud State University, Fisher has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. Prior to coaching, Fisher played two seasons at Hibbing Community College, participating in the NJCAA national tournament during his tenure there.
Fisher and his wife, Kristi, reside in Port Matilda with their daughter, Anna.
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