Some Penn State basketball fans and former players want Adam Fisher to succeed Micah Shrewsberry as head coach.
But it looks like Fisher is being seriously considered for another job.
Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday afternoon that Fisher and Rutgers’ associate head coach Karl Hobbs are the two names he’s “heard the most” on the Temple coaching search front.
I’ve heard Karl Hobbs or Adam Fisher the most for Temple lately. But a couple more possible candidates in play: Missouri assistant Charlton Young, Vermont head coach John Becker.
— Mike Jensen (@jensenoffcampus) March 27, 2023
Jensen reported last week that Fisher— along with former Penn State head coach Pat Chambers— were being looked at by Temple.
Chambers, who coached at Penn State from 2011-20 and is currently the head coach at Florida Gulf Coast, wasn’t mentioned in Jensen’s tweet Monday.
Fisher would certainly make sense for the Philadelphia school. He’s from Jamison, Pennsylvania, which is roughly an hour from Philadelphia, and he played a big part in one of the greatest men’s basketball seasons in Penn State history that featured the program’s first NCAA Tournament and Big Ten Championship Appearances since 2011 and climaxed with its first NCAA Tournament win since 2001.
He was Shrewsberry’s right hand man, and Fisher’s work didn’t go unnoticed by his players.
Within an hour of word getting out that Shrewsberry was leaving Penn State for Notre Dame last Wednesday, Jalen Pickett, Penn State’s star from this past season, tweeted his endorsement for Fisher to be promoted.
HIRE COACH FISH KEEP THE SUCCESS GOING !!!!!
— Jay Pick (@JalenPickett7) March 22, 2023
Myles Dread, Cam Wynter and Andrew Funk soon followed.
HIRE COACH FISH. LET’S KEEP IT GOING‼️ @PennStateMBB @PSUHoopsClub
— Myles Dread (@mylesd12_) March 22, 2023
HIRE FISH @PennStateMBB we cool off them other dudes!
— Cam Wynter (@iamcamrenwynter) March 22, 2023
Don’t overthink it, Adam Fisher is the man for the job @PennStateMBB
— Andrew Funk (@andrewfunk11) March 22, 2023
Along with being from somewhat close to Philly, Fisher, a 2006 Penn State graduate, has experience coaching in the area, learning under Jay Wright at Villanova from 2007-09 while getting his Master’s.
Outside of Pennsylvania, Fisher is probably best known for eight seasons at the University of Miami.
Before joining Shrewsberry, Fisher was on Miami’s staff for eight seasons, six of which were under Jim Larranaga. Miami had the best stretch in its program history from 2014-2018 when it was the 2015 NIT runner-up, made the Sweet 16 in 2016 and added two more tournament appearances in 2017 and ‘18.