ADRIAN, Mich.--Justin Fisher, a former captain of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 1 men's program at Adrian College, has been named to be the head coach of the ACHA Division 3 men's hockey team, effective July 1.
The Flushing product who played junior hockey for the Flint Generals (NA3HL) led a group last season that earned back-to-back sweeps of the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League regular-season (14-0 record) and playoff championships, posted a 33-3 overall mark and finished third in the national rankings after reaching the ACHA Tournament Quarterfinals.
As a junior he served as an alternate captain for the 2017-18 Bulldogs when they captured their first ACHA Division 1 national championship, went 34-1 on the season, 15-0 in GLCHL play and ended the season with a 20-game winning streak for the second-longest in program history.
"I am very excited to start off my coaching career," Fisher says, "and to have it begin here at Adrian College is an absolute dream and honor. Being a student- athlete at Adrian has shown me what it really means to be a Bulldog. I can’t wait to instill that Bulldog attitude into future student athletes. Hockey programs here are well known for their great success and sportsmanship. I was very fortunate to be victorious as a player here, and hope to continue that as a coach."
Fisher graduated with a degree in education and balanced the 2018-19 campaign as a student teacher with his final year of athletic eligibility.
2018 ACHA Division 1 Men's Coach of the Year Gary Astalos who coached Fisher for the last three years added: "Justin was an excellent captain for our program and I know he will be an excellent coach. His teaching experience in the classroom will also greatly help him in the locker room. We could not be happier to have Justin join our staff as he is a great hockey mind, but an even better person."
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Michigander has been a vital part of the team's success during his five years skating for the Bulldogs: a 155-20 overall record, five top-10 year-end national rankings, four conference regular-season titles and three conference postseason crowns. Known as a high-IQ power forward, Fisher logged 161 games while tallying 43 goals and 91 assists for 134 total points. While his offensive numbers are noticeably high, Fisher is more commonly known for anchoring the team's first penalty-killing unit which featured a remarkable 90 percent success rate on the penalty kill last season.
Astalos concluded: "Fish was a 'lead-by-example' type of player for us. He played the game the right way, always competed and showed the younger players what it means to be a Bulldog," so he'll do the same in his first head coaching job piloting our ACHA D3 men's squad.
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