October 9, 1965|
Clarksburg, West Virginia
|Alma mater||Samford University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Florida State (OC/QB)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
As a senior student at Samford University Fisher was the 1987 NCAA Division III National Player of the Year. From 2000 until 2006 he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at LSU. From 2007 to 2009 he was offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and, beginning in 2007, head coach-in-waiting for the Florida State Seminoles. Bobby Bowden, Florida State's head coach of 34 years, retired after the team's appearance in its 28th consecutive bowl game on January 1, 2010. Fisher took over as head coach soon after. Florida State is Fisher's first head coaching position and he led them to a 10–4 record during his first season. His inaugural year marked FSU's first 10-win season since 2003 and first appearance in the ACC Championship Game since 2005. In the 2012 season, he led the Seminoles to 12-2 record and victory at the Orange Bowl, followed by a 14-0 record and BCS National Championship for the 2013 season and ultimately a 29 game win streak before losing to Oregon in the Rose Bowl to finish the 2014 season with a 13-1 record.
Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Fisher attended North View Junior High School and Liberty High School before going to Salem College (now Salem International University) in Salem, West Virginia where he played quarterback under head coach Terry Bowden from 1985 to 1986. When Bowden left for Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Fisher transferred with him to play his final season for the Bulldogs where he was named Division III National Player of the Year. Fisher still holds multiple school records at Samford.
Fisher played a season in the Arena Football League in 1988 for the Chicago Bruisers, then rejoined Terry Bowden at Samford as a graduate assistant coach working with quarterbacks from 1988–1990. He was subsequently hired as the full-time offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. After two seasons, Fisher moved with Bowden to Auburn University where he coached quarterbacks alongside Terry Bowden. At Auburn, Fisher coached several successful quarterbacks including Patrick Nix, who would later serve as offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech and Miami. He continued at Auburn until Tommy Tuberville took over as head coach following Terry Bowden's 1998 mid-season resignation.
Fisher coached quarterbacks and was the offensive coordinator for one season at Cincinnati before joining Nick Saban's new staff at LSU in 2000. When Saban left for the NFL's Miami Dolphins Fisher remained at LSU to continue his role with Les Miles. At LSU he helped to develop a number of outstanding college quarterbacks, including Josh Booty, Rohan Davey, Matt Mauck and JaMarcus Russell.
Fisher interviewed for the head coaching position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham after the 2006 season but the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees vetoed the contract offer, sparking some controversy since the same board oversees the flagship campus in Tuscaloosa. He turned down an invitation from Nick Saban to join the coaching staff at the University of Alabama to sign a contract as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida State University, where he replaced legendary Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden's son Jeff.
His contract initially guaranteed a base salary of $215,000 with incentives increasing the total package into the low $400,000 range. After his first season as offensive coordinator at Florida State, Fisher was named "head coach in waiting," making him the eventual successor for Bobby Bowden. The new contract paid Fisher around $600,000 per year with a $2.5 million buyout clause. The university promised to pay $5 million to Fisher if he was not made head coach by January 2011.
On December 1, 2009 Bowden announced that he would retire from coaching after the Seminoles' upcoming bowl game on New Year's Day 2010 against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl. Fisher began selecting his coaching staff and recruiting players while preparing the team for its bowl game for the last time as a Bowden assistant. The Seminoles sent Bowden out with a victory on January 1. Fisher held his first staff meeting the following afternoon. A few days later, on January 5, he officially became the ninth head football coach in Florida State history.
Head coach at Florida State
Jimbo Fisher's official introduction as head coach took place at a Florida State University press conference on January 7, 2010. "Empowered, confident athletes are winners," he said. "My goal is to get the structure, the staff and the support resources in place to facilitate a winning plan and get players into the structure and start effecting change. Now." Fisher then announced his 2010 coaching staff:
- Rick Trickett, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach
- Eddie Gran, Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
- James Coley, Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach
- Lawrence Dawsey, Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach
- Dameyune Craig, Quarterbacks Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
- Mark Stoops, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach
- Greg Hudson, Linebackers Coach
- D.J. Eliot, Defensive Ends Coach
- Odell Haggins, Defensive Line Coach
Fisher and his wife Candi have two sons, Trey and Ethan. Fisher's brother, Bryan, is the offensive coordinator at Fairmont State University and his mother, Gloria, teaches chemistry at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg, WV.
Fisher's son Ethan has Fanconi anemia. This was discussed on the ESPN Monday Night College Football game on September 2, 2013 (Labor Day) between Florida State and the University of Pittsburgh as part of an effort by both schools to raise awareness of the disease.
Fisher earned the nickname Slim Jimbo because of his affinity for meat snacks. He has mentioned in numerous interviews that he wishes to launch an organic beef jerky company after he retires from coaching. The company would feature jerky made from animals native to both the Deep South and his native West Virginia, such as alligator, muskrat, and wild boar.
- 1987: Division III National Player of the Year
- 2001: Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Award finalist
- 2013: AFCA Regional Coach of the Year
- 2013: Rawlings Football College Coach of the Year
Head coaching record
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- "2006 Samford Football History". Samford Athletic Department. Retrieved October 16, 2006.
- "FSU, Fisher come to terms". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved January 8, 2007.
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- Fairmont State Athletic Directory Bio
- Robert C. Byrd High School School Directory
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- "Player Bio: Jimbo Fisher". Seminoles.com. January 5, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010.