Ronny Fisher, who just completed his eighth season as head women’s basketball coach at Presbyterian College, has accepted the same position at Campbell University, it was announced Tuesday afternoon at a press conference in Buies Creek, N.C. Just the sixth coach in PC’s women’s basketball history, he becomes Campbell’s fourth.
"Presbyterian College and Clinton have been our home for the past 16 years, and this has been a tremendously difficult decision for our family to make,” said Coach Fisher. “Julie and I have raised our three kids here and we have built lifelong friendships in the community. In addition, I have been blessed to coach and be a part of the lives of amazing student-athletes during this time.
With that said, this is a great opportunity for me and my family; an opportunity I would not be awarded without the success we have been able to enjoy in our women's basketball program at PC. I would like to thank the players and assistant coaches who were such a big part of that success. I would also like to thank President (Bob) Staton, Brian Reese, and the PC community as a whole for the support I have been shown. It has been a pleasure working with other coaches and staff in the athletic department on a daily basis. PC will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Fisher, the 2012-13 Big South Coach of the Year, leaves second on PC’s all-time list for wins with 97 after posting a winning season in the last three of four years. During his tenure, PC saw six Big South All-Conference honorees, as well as three league Freshman of the Year award winners.
"Coach Fisher did an outstanding job as head coach while at PC,” said PC Director of Athletics Reese. “He represented PC with excellence in every way, and we will always be indebted to him for what he has been able to accomplish here. He and his family have always been well-loved members of PC and the Clinton community. We wish him only the best. We’re excited for the future of Presbyterian College women's basketball as we have an outstanding group of young women preparing for what should be another great season.”
Fisher and his teams earned many honors and broke several records over the years, including earning the Big South Sportsmanship award in 2008-09, as well as doubling its win total from the year before. In 2009-10, he again improved his win total and picked up a Freshman of the Year award for Mariah Pietrowski. The 2010-11 team earned a record number of league wins and posted the best campaign since the 2005-06 season.
In 2011-12, PC earned more wins than the year before, both overall and in the league. The Blue Hose won six of its last nine games, including putting together the longest winning streak in its D-I history and its longest road winning streak.
Fisher’s fifth year at the helm resulted in a record season as the 2012-13 Blue Hose finished the season with a 19-12 record and a 14-4 marker in the Big South, finishing in a tie for second place in the league. The record marked the team’s highest win total in Division I and highest finish since joining the Big South in 2007-08. The season ended with trip to the Women’s Basketball Invitational to face Lamar in Port Arthur, Texas, the team’s first postseason game since taking on Virginia State in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2002.
The sixth year of Fisher's tenure saw the 2013-14 Blue Hose win eight of its last 11 Big South Conference games—a stretch that included victories over three of the league’s top four teams—and earned its first ever win in the Big South Conference Championship tournament. Despite graduating six seniors the year before, Fisher's PC squad ranked second in the NCAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to 53.5 points per game—a marker exceeded only by national champion Connecticut.
In 2014-15, Fisher guided a roster with seven newcomers to a 16-15 winning record that included an incredible 10-3 home marker. PC won a Big South Conference Championship first round game for the second straight season and set a new program record for most points scored in a game, scoring 120 against Allen on November 18. PC freshman Cortney Storey was tabbed the Big South Freshman of the year.
Under Fisher’s guidance, the 2015-16 season saw the PC squad establish themselves in the record books. Not only did the Blue Hose advance to the semifinals of the Big South Championship for the first time in school history, they also earned a second-place spot in PC’s Division I record book with 18 wins. Freshman Taylor Petty won PC’s second consecutive Big South Freshman of the Year award, and the third total under Fisher.
This team finished first in PC DI history in points (1,880), three-point field goals made (217), scoring average (60.6), field goals made (650), free throws made (363), free throw percentage (.727), offensive rebounds (369), steals (258) and scoring margin (6.8). The Blue Hose combined for a school record 14 three-pointers against Longwood on February 1, with the Blue Hose sweeping the season series against Liberty and Winthrop for the first time in school history as well.
In 2008-09 Fisher became the sixth PC women's head coach after working with PC's men's basketball program for 11 years. He was the associate head coach for the 2007-08 season under head men's coach Gregg Nibert, after serving as the assistant coach from 1990-1993 and 2000-2007.
The men's team tallied 142 wins when Fisher rejoined the staff in 2000. With his assistance PC earned two trips to the NCAA Division II tournament (2003, 2006). The 2002-2003 squad registered a program-tying 27 wins and were runners-up for the Food Lion/SAC Tournament title. The Blue Hose earned a bid to the national tournament where they defeated Columbus State (71-59) and Shaw University (77-58) to advance to the "Sweet Sixteen," the farthest the program had ever gone in the postseason.
The Fairview, N.C., native aided Nibert as the program began its transition to Division I in 2007. The team recorded its first win at the Division I level over Radford (62-60) on Dec. 1, 2007 in the friendly confines of the Templeton Center. The Blue Hose finished a perfect 5-0 on their home court that season.
Fisher is married to the former Julie Dickert, of Taylors, S.C. Julie is a former basketball player at Charleston Southern University who played for the Bucs from 1990-93. They have three children, a son, Harrison, daughter Sydney and son Jake. They were active members of Cornerstone Baptist Church.