Harry A. Fisher

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Harry Fisher
Guard
Personal information
Born (1882-02-06)February 6, 1882
New York City, New York
Died December 29, 1967(1967-12-29) (aged 85)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Career information
High school City College (New York City, New York)
College Columbia (1902–1905)
Career history
As coach:
1904–1905 Fordham
1906–1907 Army
1906–1916 Columbia
1909–1910 St. John's
1921–1923 Army
1924–1925 Army
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

  • Helms national champion (1910)
  • 3× EIBL champion (1911, 1912, 1914)
  • Helms Hall of Fame (1945)
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006
For other uses, see Harry Fisher.

Harold A. Fisher (February 6, 1882 — December 29, 1967) was an American college basketball coach from New York City, New York.

In 1905, while a student and player at Columbia University, Fisher began coaching the basketball team of Fordham University, leading the team to a 4–2 record while capturing All-American honors as a player and leading Columbia to its second straight national championship.

In 1906, Fisher assumed the head coaching duties at Columbia, where he would remain for ten years, during which times his teams amassed a record of 101–39 and won three Eastern Intercollegiate League titles; in 1909 and 1910, Fisher simultaneously coached Columbia and St. John's University, helping the latter to a 15–5 record during his tenure.

In recognition of his work at Columbia, Fisher was commissioned by General Douglas MacArthur to coach the basketball team at United States Military Academy after World War I. He assumed the job in 1921 and coached three seasons at the school, leaving with a record of 46–5.

For his work in developing the game of basketball, first as a member of a four-person committee that wrote the first rules for collegiate basketball and the editor of the resulting "Collegiate Rules Committee and Collegiate Guide" (1905–1915), and later as athletic director at Columbia (1911–1917), Fisher was inducted as a contributor into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1974.

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