Coach Bob Fisher speaks at the dedication of Fisher Field at BW

Coach Bob Fisher tells dedication gathering he is "humbled" and "blessed" by the people who were part of his 42-year career.

BW Dedicates Fisher Field in Honor of Legendary Baseball Coach

April 23, 2016

Coach Bob Fisher speaks at the dedication of Fisher Field at BWThe BW community gathered to dedicate and rename the home of Yellow Jacket baseball, Fisher Field, for legendary head coach Robert “Bob” Fisher ’63 on Saturday, April 23. Fisher said he was "overwhelmed" and "grateful" both for BW's "gracious act" of dedicating the field in honor of his 42-year career, and for the gathering of former players, their parents and BW colleagues.

"I have just been so very blessed," Fisher said when the tarp had been peeled back to reveal his name in the new synthetic turf behind home plate. Fisher stressed it was the people, not the "big games" that make up his fondest memories of BW, a theme that was carried through many of the remarks during the ceremony.

President Bob Helmer said all of BW's athletic fields "represent the student-athletes and coaches" that play on them and he praised Fisher "for coaching BW student-athletes in their sport and in their lives."

Winningest Coach in BW History

Large crowd listens to Coach Bob Fisher at the dedication of Fisher Field at BWInducted into the BW Athletics Hall of Fame the year he retired (2010), Fisher’s unparalleled 700 career wins on the diamond make him the winningest head coach for any sport in BW history. During his long and distinguished career, Fisher also served as an assistant football coach, professor of health education and, for a number of years, faculty chair of the (former) Division of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Representing scores of players who competed under Coach Fisher's leadership, Pat George ’77, ’81 said,”He was as good in the classroom as he was on the field."

Lasting Legacy: "Good Programs Last Forever"

Coach Bob Fisher speaks at the dedication of Fisher Field at BWAt the dedication, which included hot dogs and other ballpark refreshments, current baseball coach Brian Harrison told the crowd he inherited a program that has "an incredible fraternity of players who have had the chance to wear a Jacket uniform."  

Harrison added, "Good teams come and go. Good programs last forever and that's what Coach Fisher built here."

The renaming ceremony preceded a double header with Capital, and Fisher closed his remarks by turning to address members of the current team standing on the field. "Let's play two," he called out.  

Ongoing Fundraising for Two-Phase Project

Phase one of the initiative to create a premier baseball facility in Fisher’s name was funded through generous gifts from former student-athletes and friends of the University and features a state-of-the-art synthetic playing surface--a first in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). With the infield complete, additional fundraising is needed to fuel phase two of the $700,000  project, which will make improvements to the outfield. Work on phase two could begin as early as this summer depending on the pace of contributions.

"Coach Fisher earned the respect of players, colleagues and members of the BW community, so it is fitting they would choose to honor him through gifts to Fisher Field," said Patrick Dunlavy ’71, vice president for advancement. "We believe BW alumni, staff and friends will continue to rally around this worthwhile project to propel our successful baseball program to even greater heights."

Donations to help with completion of Fisher Field should be directed to the "Coach Robert Fisher Baseball Field Project."