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Fisher Named Head Men’s Tennis Coach

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Fisher Named Head Men’s Tennis Coach


Highly successful professional and collegiate player takes over program that has won three-straight conference titles

TAMPA, JULY 12, 2016 – USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan announced Tuesday the promotion of Bulls’ assistant men’s tennis coach Ashley Fisher to the position of head coach of the USF men’s tennis program.

“Ashley has world-class tennis experience and was a valuable part of one of our most successful men’s tennis seasons in program history last year,” Harlan said. “After a national search, it was clear the best person to lead our program forward was right here. Ashley’s combination of high-level coaching and playing experience and rapport with our student-athletes will make him a tremendous leader for our program.”

Fisher joined the USF men’s tennis program in 2016 after a long career as a touring professional, television broadcaster and coach. The Australian native helped lead the Bulls to their third-straight American Athletic Conference title, a program-best No. 13 national ranking, and their third-straight trip to the NCAA tournament in his first season.

Fisher spent 14 seasons (1998-2011) as a professional tennis player on the ATP World Tour, capturing four ATP World Tour doubles titles and reaching the semifinals of the U.S. Open (2006) and quarterfinals of Wimbledon (2004) and the Australian Open (2006). He reached as high as the No. 19 doubles ranking in the world while winning 26 doubles titles and 23 minor league challengers and futures events in the International Tennis Federation. Fisher competed in 41 grand slam tennis events, posting a 33-41 record, and served for four years as an elected representative on the ATP Player Council, serving with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal among others, before retiring from competition in 2011.

He went on to work as a television broadcaster working as an analyst for the Tennis Channel, ATP Media and FOX Sports covering numerous ATP World Tour events, the Davis Cup and the Australian Open.

Fisher began his coaching career working as a personal coach for Canadian Junior Tennis in 2004. Starting in 2012, he worked as a head coach on the ATP World Tour guiding professionals such as top 100 ranked ATP World Tour singles player Marinko Matosevic, No. 1 ranked ATP double players Max Mirnyi and 2014 Australian Open doubles champion Robert Lindstedt.

Fisher also worked as a touring tennis professional at The Renaissance, Vinoy Golf and Tennis Club in the Bay Area from 2010-16, and in 2014 was an assistant coach for the San Diego Aviators of Billie Jean King’s World Team Tennis league.

A native of New South Wales, Australia, Fisher earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Christian University in 1998. He was a two-time NCAA All-American, ranked No. 1 nationally in doubles, and reached the doubles final in the 1996 NCAA Championships during his four-year career with the Horned Frogs. He also served as team captain for a TCU team that was ranked No. 3 in the nation.

Fisher resides in St. Petersburg with his wife, Kiersten, and their two children, Holden (2) and Declan (4).


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