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Adam Fisher following in dad's footsteps at East Valley

"Less than a year removed from earning his bachelor's segree in biology at Eastern Washington University, Adam Fisher, former South Kitsap High School quarterback and son of SK coaching legend Ed Fisher, will roam the sidelines as the football coach at East Valley High School of Spokane, a class 4A school.At 24, the 1994 SK graduate is now the youngest high school coach in Washington State, surpassing Pat Graham, also a former high school quarterback, who took over the Redmond Mustangs program last year at the age of 25.Though fresh out of college, Fisher said he was given the job based on his coaching experience, background, and most importantly the support from his East Valley players who had him as a defensive coordinator last year when he was a student teacher.Fisher said he got the job on his own merit, but admitted his father's legacy had some part in being hired.Yeah, like they say, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, Fisher said. I was raised as a son, but also a coach.Fisher took fall quarters off to be an assistant coach at SK in 1996 and 1997, and was an assistant coach at Cheney High School in 1998.Finding a head coaching position isn't easy, but Fisher said he had it all planned out.After the 1998 season Fisher said he saw a possible opening at East Valley because the retirement of longtime coach Jim Clements was anticipated within the next two years.I knew there was going to be an opening there, Fisher said. I needed to go there to student teach. I knew it would be just a matter of time.After being hired to teach biology and physical education, it only took a year for Fisher's dream to come true. But he had to sweat out the school's job search.Clements resigned Jan. 3 but it wasn't until early March the school district announced Fisher as the new coach.They didn't want to post prior to the levy, but they only posted the job within the district, Fisher said.That proved to be a big factor for Fisher since East Valley is the only high school, along with two middle schools and five elementary schools, in the school district.It's very similar to SK, so I became very interested, Fisher said. I knew how it (SK) ran, so East Valley was a perfect fit.Fisher obviously has the football background, watching his father coach at SK nearly his whole life.It was football that allowed Fisher to maintain a strong relationship with his father.Since I was six years old I wanted to be around football so I could be with my dad, Fisher said. Those years growing up around football also gave him the inside knowledge on Ed Fisher's style of football.Adam Fisher said there's no question he'd run the same offensive and defensive schemes his father popularized at South Kitsap.Obviously I've learned our system very, very effectively, Fisher said. Everyone is foolish not to run what they know best.Fisher said in four years of coaching he worked under four different coaches and got to see how each personality worked.For Fisher it wasn't the Xs and Os he learned so much as the importance of relationships with the players.All (programs) are successful if you do things right, Fisher said. My dad always said you can do whatever you want as long as you do the best you can and as long as you care about people."

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