Running Backs Coach
Charlie Fisher, a former Division II head
coach, comes to Vanderbilt after serving two years as offensive
coordinator and QB coach at Temple in Philadelphia.
A native of Allenwood, P a., Fisher took over
a struggling offense, utilizing a multiple pro-set to create
one of the schoolís most potent attacks in recent years. In
2000, one of his running backs, Tanardo Sharps, became the
first Owl since 1987 to rush for more than 1,000 yards.
Prior to joining Temple, Fisher was successful
during a two-year stint tutoring wide receivers at North Carolina
State. The Wolfpack passing attack led the Atlantic Coast
Conference and ranked ninth nationally in 1998, averaging
309 yards per game, and was a leading reason behind North
Carolina Stateís drive to a bowl berth.
Fisherís coaching background includes a successful
tenure as head coach of West Georgia State prior to moving
to North Carolina State. From 1993-97, Fisher guided the Braves
to a 36-17 overall record, the highest five-year winning percentage
in school history. Four of his teams at West Georgia were
nationally ranked. Two of his squads made trips to the NCAA
II playoffs. He began his tenure at West Georgia as offensive
coordinator in 1991.
From 1985-1990, Fisher served as a position
coach, and eventually, as offensive coordinator at Lenoir-Rhyne
College in North Carolina.
Fisher played quarterback and wide receiver
from 1977-80 at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He also
lettered as a shortstop in baseball. He earned his undergraduate
degree in physical education.
Fisher earned a masterís in sports management
from Eastern Kentucky in 1984. He has served as a graduate
assistant at both EKU and Mississippi.
Fisher is married to the former Julie Shaffer
of Watsontown, Pa. They are the parents of two sons: Brian,
13; and Brett, 7.