Drury University men’s basketball head coach Steve Hesser has named former Drury Panthers guard Ben Fisher as an assistant coach. Fisher replaces Dan Friedel who has accepted a coaching and teaching position at Van-Far High School in Vandalia, Missouri.
Fisher graduated from Drury in 2015 with a degree in Sports Management. For the last two years, he has served as Drury University’s director of intramurals and completed a Master’s degree in Education.
Fisher played four seasons for Drury with three of those teams advancing to the NCAA-II tournament. He was a member of the Panthers 2013 national championship team during his sophomore season and Drury’s Elite Eight team the following year.
In the 2015 GLVC championship game, Fisher hit five three-pointers and went 7 for 8 from the field as part of a 19-point game in a 77-70 win over Bellarmine that gave Drury their third conference title. He finished his college career scoring in double-figures in five of his last six games.
“Ben worked very hard as a player and played an important role on some of the most successful teams we’ve ever had,” said Hesser. “I’m pleased he decided to pursue a career in coaching and excited he is starting that journey with us.”
Ben will join assistant coach Brandon Kimbrough, who will return for his seventh season on the Panthers coaching staff. Steve Hesser will enter his 14th year as Drury’s head coach and has led the program to eight regular season conference titles, three GLVC tournament championships, eight NCAA-II tournament appearances, two NCAA-II Elite Eight appearances and the 2013 Division II National Championship.