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Fisher ready to take his shot

The former assistant becomes the Wildcats' third-ever head coach

ROCK CREEK - Westview High Athletic Director Mike Sanderson thinks Greg Fisher is ready for his chance to be head coach of the Wildcats' successful program.

Outgoing head coach Jon Evans, who will stay on as offensive coordinator after eight years in the head job, believes Fisher is ready too.

For his part, Fisher, 36, is just grateful to have the chance.

'It's an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to lead such a strong and established football program,' said Fisher, most recently a varsity assistant and JV head coach at Westview. 'Honestly, I am humbled by the support and confidence shown by Jon Evans, Mike Sanderson, (Westview Principal) Matt Coleman and the Westview community in selecting me as the new head coach.'

Fisher, a former college football and baseball player at the University of Puget Sound, first joined the Westview program as a freshman assistant in 1999, became a varsity/JV assistant in charge of defensive backs from 2000 to 2007, and served as JV head coach from 2002 to 2007.

He also assisted with the Westview freshman baseball team in 2001 and served as JV head coach from 2002-2005. Fisher is a Business Education teacher at the school.

Fisher grew up on Bainbridge Island, Wash., and attended Bainbridge High School, graduating in 1990 after lettering three years in football and baseball and two years in basketball.

During his football career, he was an all-league quarterback from 1987-89, a team captain, and was named Most Inspirational, MVP, Bremerton Sun Athlete of the Year in 1989-1990 and Seattle Chapter National Football Foundation Scholar/Athlete of the Year for 1989.

While at UPS in Tacoma, Wash., Fisher (a '94 graduate) played football for four years and baseball for one season. During his football playing career at UPS, Fisher was a four-year Presidential Scholarship Recipient and a three-time Athletic Award Recipient after earning a football scholarship as a walk-on freshman.

'I am excited and energized by the challenge of moving the Westview football program forward, further establishing Westview football as one of the best programs in the state of Oregon,' Fisher said.

He also admitted that he'd stepped into a pretty darned good spot for his first varsity coaching job.

'One of the benefits of stepping into this position is the incredible support and resources already in place,' he said. 'Considering our successful and growing youth program, incredible student athletes, supportive parents and community, and accomplished and experienced coaching staff, changes will be subtle, yet critical and substantial.'

And Fisher is excited about taking his team and its players to an exciting future.

'High school sports are an incredible environment for student-athlete learning and growth,' he added. 'More specifically, high school football offers a unique team experience that can, and does, change the lives of young men.'