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Temple To Hire Penn State Hoops’ Adam Fisher As Next Head Coach

Update, 6:06 p.m.:

Penn State men’s basketball associate head coach Adam Fisher officially accepted the head coaching job at Temple Wednesday afternoon.

“I am truly honored and humbled by the amazing opportunity to become a part of the Temple family,” Fisher said. “I could not be more excited to lead one of the nation’s most legendary programs in Temple Men’s Basketball.”

This will be Fisher’s first head coaching position after spending time on coaching staffs at Penn State, Villanova, Boston University, and Miami.

Original Story:

Temple men’s basketball reportedly plans to hire Penn State hoops associate head coach Adam Fisher as its next head coach, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.

Despite rumors swirling of Fisher backfilling former head coach Micah Shrewsberry’s role, Fisher will now reportedly head to Philadelphia to become Temple’s 19th head coach in program history. Penn State hired VCU’s Mike Rhoades as its head coach earlier on Wednesday.

A 2006 Penn State alum, Fisher was hired by Shrewsberry in 2021 to serve as the Nittany Lions’ associate head coach and helped the first-year head coach sign the highest-rated recruiting class in program history for the following season. Fisher was instrumental in earning the signatures of Kebba Njie, Kanye Clary, and Evan Mahaffey, as well as transfer portal gems Andrew Funk, Camren Wynter, and Mikey Henn.

A Nittany Lion from the beginning, Fisher served as the head student manager for Penn State hoops from 2003 to 2006 under Ed DeChellis, then transitioned into the role of graduate manager through 2007.

The Jamison, Pennsylvania, native moved on to Villanova to earn his master’s degree in education leadership and served as a graduate manager for the program for two seasons. His two campaigns with the Wildcats were highlighted by trips to the Sweet Sixteen in 2008 and the Final Four in 2009.

Fisher spent two seasons as the director of basketball operations at Boston University with Pat Chambers before returning to Happy Valley to work as Penn State’s video coordinator under the same coach. A year later, he was promoted to the director of player development role in 2012.

His time in that position was short as Fisher moved south to work on Miami’s staff as a mainstay with head coach Jim Larañaga starting in 2013. Fisher served as the Hurricanes’ primary recruiter and developed 20 All-ACC selections including NBA Draftees Lonnie Walker IV, Bruce Brown Jr., and Dewan Hernandez.

Throughout his tenure in Coral Gables, Fisher helped lead Miami to four straight 20-win seasons from 2014 to 2018 and back-to-back top-15 recruiting classes in 2016 and 2017.

Temple finished the 2022-23 season 16-16 overall and 10-8 in the American Athletic Conference. The Owls secured the fifth spot in the final conference standings and slid in behind Houston, Memphis, Tulane, and Cincinnati.

Former Owls head coach Aaron McKie announced that he would transition out of the head coaching role on March 13 and into a special advising position within the Temple athletics department. McKie led the Owls to a 52-56 record across the last four seasons and guided Temple to a regular-season victory over then-No. 1 Houston on the road on January 22.

Temple hasn’t appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2018 and hasn’t won a tournament game since 2013.

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