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Fisher steps down as Golden Valley football coach

Posted: November 26, 2013 3:34 p.m.
Updated: November 26, 2013 3:34 p.m.

Robert Fisher has resigned as Golden Valley head football coach after three seasons at the helm.

Golden Valley head football coach Robert Fisher decided it was time for a change.

Citing the desire to focus more time on his family (he has an 18-month-old son) and seeing the need for the Grizzlies to take the next step, Fisher resigned as head football coach on Monday.

“I put my family on the side the last three years,” Fisher said. “It’s difficult to be athletic director, football coach and parent. It’s really affecting my life as far as it goes with my family.”

The decision was solely Fisher’s and he thanked Principal Sal Frias and Assistant Principal Carolyn Hoffman for supporting him and never questioning his decisions.

“I’d like our community to know that we are 100 percent supportive of coach Fisher’s decision and career goals,” said Golden Valley Principal Sal Frias. “If he wanted to be our head coach next year, he would have had my continued support. Our program is in the best shape it’s ever been.”

Fisher coached in the Golden Valley program for five years prior to taking over as head coach in 2011.

Former head coach Andy Campbell abruptly left the program in August 2011, leaving the Athletic Director Fisher to install himself as head coach.

The Grizzlies were 3-27 under Fisher in his three seasons.

The school is 13-77 all time in football in nine seasons and 0-39 in Foothill League games.

Fisher said each year he conducts a survey among players, coaches and parents and said the results of those surveys played a small role in his thinking the program needed a change.

“We’ve improved on a lot of things, but one thing we haven’t improved on is wins and losses as far as where we want it to be,” Fisher said.

Golden Valley went 2-8 in 2013, up from an 0-10 finish last season.

Fisher said he is proud of the successes the program has made during his tenure.

The booster club is not in debt, he said, like it was when he took over the program.

The team has new equipment, uniforms and helmets.

“So many kids have gone off to become solid young men,” Fisher added. “We have a kid at West Point, a couple at Boise State, one at Cal Berkeley, Marines, Navy, Air Force and kids not in college who are working full-time jobs making names for themselves. We have quality people coming out of the program. To me in a lot of ways that’s bigger than wins and losses.”


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