San Diego St signs Fisher to contract extension

Updated: August 20, 2003, 2:14 PM ET

SAN DIEGO - Coach Steve Fisher, who has guided San Diego State to consecutive postseason appearances, has been rewarded with a contract extension through the 2007-08 season.

The signing was announced Wednesday by interim athletic director Gene Bartow, a former coach at UCLA and Alabama-Birmingham. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"I have known Steve for more than 30 years and he is one of the finest coaches in college basketball," Bartow said.

Best known for leading Michigan to the national championship in 1989 and coaching "The Fab Five" to the championship game in 1992 and 1993, Fisher has turned around a program at San Diego State that averaged just nine wins a season in the eight years prior to his arrival.

In four seasons, Fisher has led the Aztecs to an NCAA Tournament and National Invitation Tournament appearance and a Mountain West Conference championship.

"I am excited that we have reached an agreement on a contract extension that will provide a long-term commitment on both my end and San Diego State's end," Fisher said. "My family and I have loved our four years as part of this community and look forward to many years together."

Fisher took San Diego State to its first NCAA Tournament trip in 17 years in 2002. Last season, the Aztecs beat Cal Santa Barbara, 67-62 in the first round of the NIT.

The success on the court has led to an unparalleled interest in the program. Last season, San Diego State played before the first two home sellouts in school history en route to setting a school-record average home attendance of 7,172.

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