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Prep football: Fisher gets the job

G.V. athletic director officially takes over football team after Campbell’s departure

Posted: August 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley High School athletic director Robert Fisher has officially taken over the football program following the sudden departure of former coach Andy Campbell earlier this month. He is the fourth coach in the program’s history.

 

Three years ago, Robert Fisher coached the freshman football team at Golden Valley High School.

Now, he’s taking over the varsity team with many of the same players he coached as freshman.

“I think it’s kind of unique because I was the first one to see them when they got here, and I’m here to see them out the door,” said Fisher, who was announced as head coach on Wednesday after the sudden resignation of Andy Campbell on Aug. 1.

Fisher officially becomes the fourth coach in program history and will no longer operate under the interim title.

He’ll also continue his role as the sole athletic director, a position he’s held since September 2010.

The school interviewed a total of 11 candidates from both inside and outside the William S. Hart Union School District, according to Golden Valley principal Sal Frias.

“There are plenty of people that know X’s and O’s in every sport,” Frias said. “Not everyone can coach at the varsity level.”

Given the urgency of the situation with the team’s preseason camp opening this week, Fisher said his familiarity with the players, parents and athletics in general at Golden Valley should provide a significant advantage.

“I think that the transition is pretty smooth being that I am involved in the program, I am the athletic director, I’ve been involved in the football program. I’ve coached football before.”

For the last two years, Fisher has served as the varsity team’s offensive coordinator.

He plans to continue calling all the offensive plays and will keep all the assistant coaches on board.

“We’re making slight adjustments here and there, that’s just going to be natural,” Fisher said, “but we’re not going to go in and try to install an entire offense or an entire defense.”

Fisher’s predecessor Campbell, who coached the team from 2009-2010, guided the program to a 3-17 record before stepping down last week.

It gave the school just over a week to work through the hiring process.

“There were 15 points that needed to be hit in an interview and (Fisher) hit 20 of them,” Frias said. “As an athletic director, he understands what it’s like to put a program together and run it at all three levels.”

Frias explained that coaches need to know how to deal with parents, fundraising and taking on the consequences of both winning and losing.

Both Frias and Fisher expressed mild concern over the difficulties of balancing the tasks of football coach and athletic director.

“We’ll kind of have an honest conversation at the end of the season,” Fisher said of being the head football coach. “We’ll see where we’re at.”

Golden Valley held its first practice of fall camp on Wednesday after Fisher made the announcement to the team.

The Grizzlies open their season on Sept. 2 against Simi Valley.

“We’re definitely ready to go. We know our schedule, We know who we’re going to play and we’re ready to move forward,” Fisher said.

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