Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

Fisher to join EMS basketball coaching staff

August 23, 2001

Former Eudora High School basketball player Matt Fisher will remain a Cardinal at the middle school level.

Fisher, a 2001 EHS graduate and three year member of the varsity basketball team, decided to begin his dream of coaching basketball at home in Eudora.

"I want to become a basketball coach," Fisher said. "Coach Eshbaugh and Don Grosdidier thought it would be a good idea that I join the middle school staff."

Fisher competed on the EHS cross-country team as a freshman and the track and field team as a freshman and sophomore before turning his full attention to basketball. After playing point guard for two years at EHS, Fisher switched to the shooting guard and received attention from area colleges such as Baker, Bethel, Johnson County Community College, Friends, Ottawa, McPherson and St. Mary. He passed up the opportunity to play basketball so he could attend Kansas University, now he can assist the Eudora Middle School basketball program. Fisher will also work at the Robinson Recreation Center on the KU campus.

"It was either go to KU or go play basketball somewhere," Fisher said. "I know I'll be a nervous at first and it's going to be different."

Fisher said that the coaching staff will put him in charge of the seventh grade junior varsity team but he hopes to work up the coaching ladder in the future.

"I want to keep coaching and hopefully coach Eudora High School one day," Fisher said. "I've wanted to coach basketball since the eighth grade and now the opportunity is open in my hometown."

Chad Eshbaugh, Fisher's coach at Eudora from 1998-2001 and currently the head coach at Topeka West High School, said he thinks Fisher will be a positive influence on the middle school athletes.

"He went from a sophomore who was intimidated to a senior who was all-area," Eshbaugh said. "He should have the opportunity to be a really good coach and the fundamentals of the game are one of his strong suits."

Fisher said he learned several things from Eshbaugh that he plans on applying as his own coaching career begins.

"Coach Eshbaugh was a pretty good coach and I liked the type of fast pace game he brought to the team," Fisher said. "I will be teaching fundamentals and basics and I'll drive to show the kids the basics so they can become better basketball players."

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