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Coach's Corner - Mon, Apr. 10, 2017
Coach's Corner: Highlight of the Week (April 10)

Jacob Fisher, Zachary High School Baseball Coach

  • High School: Central Private High School, Zachary High School
  • College: LSU-Eunice, Southeastern
  • Zachary Assistant Baseball Coach 2013-2016, Zachary Head Baseball Coach 2017-Present
  • Fisher played two years at LSU Eunice, helping the Bengals place third nationally in 2009 before winning the NJCAA Division II national title in 2010. As a sophomore at LSU-E, he won the Rawlings Gold Glove and Easton Defensive Player of the Year awards. He also was voted the Bengals' top player.
  • Fisher then played two years at Southeastern Louisiana University. As a senior, Fisher made the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award given to the nation's top catcher.
  • Zachary is currently 17-8, and 3-0 in district play, placing them at number one in the 4-5A standings.  
     

After your career as a successful collegiate baseball player, what inspired you to get into coaching? Is it something you always wanted to do?
"I had a lot of great coaches in my life, from my little league coach, to my dad, to Jeff Willis at LSU-Eunice, to Jay Artigues at Southeastern, and they made me love the game. I feel like I love the game more than anybody, and so I wanted to make sure I stuck around the baseball profession."

How does it feel to land your first head coaching job at your alma mater?
"It feels great. Whenever Jesse Cassard asked me to become a part of the staff in 2013, I told him I plan on being here and around you my entire career. So when he decided he wanted to go to Sulphur, I put in for the position and was blessed enough to get the job."

Your team is currently at the top of the District 4-5A standings thanks to a huge win over Live Oak, and your team is seeking the school's fourth state championship, something you are familiar with since you helped lead the Broncos to their second one in 2008. What is it about this year's team that you think makes them capable of reaching that top spot?
"This year's team we have a mix of younger and older kids, but our hitters have really matured from last year. It's good though because our staff has a lot of innings underneath their belt. And the losses early in the season combined with the schedule that we've played has really helped us grow into the team that we've become, and it will help us throughout the rest of district play and the playoffs."

As a coach first starting out, it is important to have mentors and other coaches who can assist you, so who are your biggest mentors and what is best advice that they have given you?
"Matt Riser, the head baseball coach at Southeastern was an assistant when I was there under Jay Artigues, and he told me basically I need to take it day by day and enjoy the job that you're in because you've earned it and to not get overwhelmed. Jeff Willis at LSU-Eunice reminded me that I have been prepared for the job, and that I am the best man for it. All my former coaches have really all given me a lot of confidence. Coach Jesse too, I look up to him and want to model a lot of the things he did at Zachary and still does at Sulphur. He didn't want to leave the job in anyone else's hands, and I was excited to hear that."