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PSU alum Adam Fisher first assistant hired by Shrewsberry

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Penn State made it official Monday by announcing the hiring of alum Adam Fisher as the first assistant coach hired by new men’s basketball coach Micah Shrewsberry. He will have the title of associate head coach.

Fisher is a 2006 PSU alum who spent the past six years at Miami. He previous stops include Villanova, Boston and Penn State. He is considered an excellent recruiter, with a lot of ties in Pennsylvania.

“When I was looking to find the right person to start my new staff, I wanted to find the perfect fit, and I found that perfect fit in Adam,”Shrewsberry said in a university statement. “He is well liked, a hard worker and a family man. The more I talked to him, the more I noticed how our values aligned. He is also a loyal Penn Stater who will fight every day to help us be successful. I’m excited to welcome Adam, Rebecca and Alivia to our basketball family!”

Fisher had this to say about his new job, from PSU’s release:

“I am honored and beyond excited to be coming home to coach at my alma mater. I want to thank Coach Shrewsberry for this amazing opportunity to be a part of his program from day one. His vision, passion and family values will quickly be apparent to the Penn State community and all of the alumni. The future of this program is in incredible hands with his leadership. Thank you to Sandy Barbour and Lynn Holleran, who have already welcomed my family and me with open arms back to Penn State. Rebecca, Alivia and I are truly grateful to be a part of this amazing university, and we cannot wait to get started. WE ARE!”

A native of Jamison, Pa., Fisher helped lure Reading High School star Lonnie Walker IV to Miami. Walker, a first-round NBA draft pick, now plays for the San Antonio Spurs.

From the PSU release:

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Fisher joined the Hurricane program after gaining experience on the basketball staffs at Boston University and Penn State. As the director of basketball operations for Boston University for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, he helped the Terriers to back-to-back 21-win seasons and postseason appearances. BU won the 2011 America East Conference Championship and advanced to its first NCAA Tournament berth nearly a decade. The previous year, the Terriers reached the semifinals of the 2010 CBI Tournament.

In 2011, Fisher returned to his alma mater as the Nittany Lions’ video coordinator and was promoted to the director of player development position in 2012.

Fisher earned his master’s degree in education leadership in 2009 while working as a graduate manager for Villanova under Jay Wright from 2007-09. During that time, the Wildcats reached the Sweet 16 in 2008 and won the East Regional in 2009 to advance to the Final Four with a then-school-record 30 wins.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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