NIU earns team academic award; six student-athletes earn individual recognition
Since he began his duties as the head men's tennis coach at NIU in 2009, Patrick Fisher has guided the Huskies to three Mid-American Conference Championships, built stability, academic success and a talented roster to restore tradition and pride for the Huskies tennis program.
Starting from the ground up, Fisher has improved the Huskies each season under his guidance and has led NIU to three regular season championships in the MAC over the last four seasons (2012, 2014 & 2015) while also being named MAC Coach of the Year in 2014.
Following heavy losses to graduation, the 2014-15 season started as a bit of an unknown, but under Fisher’s guidance the Huskies ended the year as MAC Champions. With just one senior and one junior on the roster, NIU posted an 18-6 mark, including 4-1 in league play. Frederic Cadieux was named to the All-MAC First Team and finished his career with an impressive 95 singles victories, third-most in NIU history, and 66 doubles wins, ninth-best in program history. The Huskies were ranked eighth in the final ITA Midwest Region rankings, their third consecutive top-10 finish.
Success came off the court as well in 2014-15, as Huskie men’s tennis earned the NCAA’s APR Public Recognition Award after posting a perfect 1,000 APR score. NIU earned the ITA Academic Team award for the third-straight year and six student-athletes earned ITA Scholar Athlete recognition.
In 2013-14, Fisher and the Huskies went a perfect 4-0 in league play while claiming an 18-6 overall mark. Fisher was named MAC Coach of the Year while Dor Amir, Axel Lagerlof, and Frederic Cadieux all received All-MAC honors while Amir, Cadieux, and Simon Formont also earned Academic All-MAC recognition. The Huskies finished the season ranked ninth in the ITA Midwest Region.
The 2012-13 season saw NIU come within inches of reaching the NCAA Tournament. Entering the tournament as the number four seed, NIU upset Ball State in the semifinals before falling to Western Michigan, 4-3, in the championship match to close the season at 16-9. Three Huskies, Amir, Lagerlof and Cadieux, earned All-MAC honors, Amir and Cadieux were also named to the Academic All-MAC team. The Huskies ranked 10th in the final ITA Midwest Region rankings.
After a solid fall in 2011, which saw two players reach the main draw of the ITA Midwest Regional, NIU went on to record its first 20-win spring season since 1989 in 2011-12 when it finished 21-7 overall and 4-1 in the MAC to claim the Huskies first MAC Championship and their seventh overall conference title in program history. Three Huskies players went on to claim All-MAC honors, including Amir, who claimed first team honors. Lagerlof and Roman Turtygin each earned second team consideration.
The groundwork for NIU’s 2012 conference championship was built during Fisher’s first two seasons in charge when he guided two Huskies to MAC Newcomer of the Year honors and helped NIU to a pair of 10-win seasons.
Following successful stints as a head and assistant coach in the college ranks, including time in the MAC, Fisher was named the head men’s tennis coach at NIU on August 21, 2009. During the 2009-10 campaign, Fisher’s first at NIU, Maksym Bartiuk earned MAC Newcomer of the Year honors while the Huskies posted a 10-13 mark. The following season, Bartiuk earned All-MAC honors and Lagerlof was named Newcomer of the Year as the Huskies finished 11-16 and Fisher’s vision for success began to take shape.
Prior to NIU, Fisher most recently served as the top assistant at Brigham Young University, where he spent two seasons. The Cougars finished the 2009 season ranked No. 49 in the country, their highest mark in more than five years. With BYU, Fisher was responsible for both national and international recruiting, the entire scheduling process, and devising team and individual practice sessions. Following the 2007-08 season, Fisher was named the Assistant Coach of the Year in the BYU Athletics Department.
Fisher began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Western Michigan (2003-04), helping the Broncos capture the 2004 MAC Championship, along with an automatic bid into the NCAA Championships.
From 2004-06, Fisher served as both the head men's and women's tennis coach at Colgate University (Hamilton, N.Y.). Both squads advanced to the Patriot League Tournament semifinals in 2005 and 2006, while the men's team cracked the top-15 of the East Region rankings during the 2005 campaign.
His standout players at Colgate included Reed Hagmann and Jackie Couture, who were named Patriot League Players of the Year for men's and women's tennis, respectively, for the first time in program history. Fisher also coached Hagmann to the program's first individual national tennis ranking.
Fisher played collegiately at Ferris State (1997-2000) in Big Rapids, Mich. He was ranked among the individual top-25 in the NCAA Division II standings during his career, and the Bulldogs advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen" of the NCAA Championships in every campaign. He was named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference All-Conference team in his final three seasons (1998, 1999 and 2000).
Fisher graduated from FSU in 2001 with a bachelor's of science in marketing and professional tennis management. Following his playing career, Fisher participated in professional satellite and the futures circuit in the United States, Mexico and Europe, from 1998-2001. He earned both his United States Tennis Association (USTA) certified professional tennis certificate and USTA Level I Sports Science Certification, in 2001.
Fisher is married to the former Tegan Reist, and the couple have two children, four year old son, Jack, and two year old, Eloise.