Garry Fisher began at Tennessee State in January of 2017 as the defensive coordinator. He joins the staff after spending the 2016 season at Western Illinois as linebackers coach and co-special teams coordinator on Charlie Fisher’s staff.
In his first season at TSU, Fisher produced the seventh ranked defensive unit in the nation and finished second in pass defense, holding opponents to 164.5 yards through the air. The squad also set a Tennessee State record allowing the fewest yards per completion (9.90), breaking the previous mark of 10.74 set in 1970. Under his tutelage, Vincent Sellers earned a spot on the All-Ohio Valley Conference Second Team, as well as the All-Newcomer Team. Sellers was named a 2017 HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-American and finished 15th in the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award race.
During his time at Western, Fisher coached First Team Walter Camp All-American Linebacker Brett Taylor, the nation’s leader with 94 solo tackles in 2016. Fisher helped Taylor, who finished 7th in the Buck Buchanan Award voting (National Defensive Player of the Year), earn First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference and First Team Academic All-MVFC accolades.
Prior to Western Illinois, Fisher spent seven years in the OVC at Eastern Kentucky.
Fisher, who worked with inside linebackers, saw the linebackers corps have eight players earn All-Ohio Valley Conference honors (three 1st Team, five 2nd Team). EKU finished three seasons ranked in the Top 25 and made two FCS Playoff appearances during Fisher’s time with the Colonels.
Before arriving at EKU, the native of Columbus, Ohio, served as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Kentucky State in 2008.
Fisher was a four-year letter winner at Bowling Green (1998-01) as an outside linebacker before transitioning into the Falcons’ coaching ranks in 2002. After serving two years as a defensive assistant at BGSU, Fisher moved to Utah where he served as an offensive assistant for the 2004 Mountain West Conference and 2005 Fiesta Bowl champions. At both of his first two coaching jobs, Fisher served under current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.
Following a one-year stint at Heidelberg College (2005) as the special teams coordinator, Fisher landed at Shenandoah University for two years (2006-07) as the defensive coordinator.
Fisher graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2002 with a degree in sociology. He then earned his master’s degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Utah in 2006.
In the summer of 2012, Fisher was selected to participate in the NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy in Dallas. He also spent some of that summer participating in the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Internship program with the New Orleans Saints.
Garry married the former Lucretia Hughes in 2010. Together they have six children: daughters Tseday (13), Amari (11) and Gianna (4), and sons Rece (9) and twins Garry III (2) and Terry (2).