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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
Keith Fisher enters his fifth season with the Nittany Lion varsity program for the 2016-17 season. Fisher has 18 years of coaching experience in college and junior hockey.
AT PENN STATE
Fisher’s recruiting and coaching acumen has been vital to the recent rise of Penn State hockey including their first 20-win campaign in 2015-16. With a team of Fisher’s and fellow assistant Matt Lindsay’s recruits, the Lions have improved their win total each of the past three seasons while advancing to the Big Ten semifinals twice in those three years.
In 2015-16 the Nittany Lions set numerous offensive records including most goals (140), assists (226), points (366), shots (1,579), goals/gm (3.68) and shots/gm (41.55) to go along with those program-best 21 victories.
In 2014-15 Fisher was also able to witness the best individual single-season performance for a Nittany Lion as Casey Bailey tallied 22 goals and 40 points to lead the Big Ten in scoring. Bailey 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).
Before his time at PSU, Fisher spent the previous six seasons on the staff at Princeton from 2005-2011. With the Tigers, he helped lead the team to a pair of NCAA tournament berths (2008, 2009) and the 2008 ECAC and Ivy League Championships. The 2009 Princeton Tigers also set the school-record for wins in a season with 22, a record which still stands to this day.
The Minnesota native headed up the Princeton recruiting which saw three All-Americans, two Hobey Baker Award Finalists, two ECAC Player of the Year recipients (the only 2 in the history of the program), one ECAC Rookie of the Year, one ECAC Defenseman of the Year and one ECAC Goaltender of the year come through the program.
Fisher’s teams also combined for 48 Academic All-ECAC players, five NHL players, four First-Team All-ECAC players and three First-Team All-Ivy players.
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, 11 NHL players, including Matt Carle and Paul Stastny, and USHL Goaltender of the Year and USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year Jeff Lerg. He also helped develop 54 NCAA Division I scholarship players and 12 NHL draft picks and served as associate coach for Team USHL at the USHL Prospects/All-Star game during his final season.
Prior to his arrival in Omaha, Fisher served two seasons with St. Cloud State University’s hockey program as an undergraduate assistant coach. During his time with the Huskies, Fisher helped develop five players for the NHL and in 2000 they advanced to just the second NCAA tournament in program history.
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 two daughters, Anna and Emily.