When the lights go out in Viejas Stadium a spotlight finds indiviudual players as “We Game Time Ready” is played over the speakers, hardly audible over the cheering of Aztec faithful.
Any SDSU basketball fan is acutely aware of the rise that the team is on at the moment. Undoubtedly the man we have to thank for this is Steve Fisher. The coach began working with SDSU in 1999 and has since become an integral part of Aztec history. At the time of being announced the 14th head coach in SDSU’s history he is quoted saying this:
“We have everything here that we need to be successful at the highest level. We have a great campus in a great city. The arena is as good of a facility as you can find. Our league is very good and getting better. Who wouldn’t want to play here?”-Steve Fisher
Since that moment Fisher has firmly rooted himself here in San Diego. With a 52-42 win over Wyoming Tuesday night, he has hit a new high for Aztec Men’s Basketball. The game marked his 250th victory as the SDSU head coach. This comes following a monumental season for the Aztecs in 2010-2011 during which the team stirred up rivalries and inspired an intense pride in students, alumni, and faculty. After being ranked 25th in preseason polls the team spent almost the entire season in the top ten and proceeded to win their first NCAA tournament game ever on their path to the Sweet Sixteen. But it wasn’t just last season that Fisher started to shine.
The Aztecs first thirty win season in school history was preceded by other notable acheivements. Fisher has had seven twenty win seasons and six of them have been consecutive since 2006. SDSU has also experienced six consecutive post season appearences and the first back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances since the 70s. The two journeys to the NCAA Tournament which Fisher guided State to in 2010 and 2011 are added to the two previous episodes in 2002 and 2006. He has also coached the team past the challenges surrounding the Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions title twice and Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions title four times.
This year the Aztecs have numerous reasons to be proud of wearing red and black. The team has a Mountain West Champion title, SDSU alum, Kawhi Leonard, was recruited as a shooting guard for the Spurs, and the student section is ranked in the top five student sections in the nation. “The Show” as the students have been deemed celebrate in Fisher just as much as the players that he coaches. With ticket sales swelling and games selling out weeks in advance, now is as good a time as ever to experience a game, but come prepared to witness a crowd, a team, and a coach that bleed Aztec colors.
The SDSU Men’s Basketball team has their next home game scheduled for February 1st against Boise State at 7:00PM.