136 wins… five playoff appearances…one state championship… That is the ongoing legacy of varsity baseball head coach Brian Fischer.
Fischer originally grew up in Seattle and loved baseball. Eventually, he would attend Central Washington University on an athletic scholarship. He played baseball and studied criminal law and psychology. His main position on the field was a catcher until he was hit in the head by a baseball and, consequently, lost part of the vision in his eye. This ultimately ended his career as a player.
However, he did not let this injury keep him away from the game that he loved. He resorted to coaching at the high school level and has done this for 25 years. His experience as a player and as a coach has led him to win four state championships in two different states.
Coach Fischer said that his favorite part is “being around the players and the coaches and just being on the field and meeting new people.”
He was a coach at Newport High in Bellevue, Washington. He has been a baseball coach and PE teacher at Notre Dame Prep since 2011.
Sophomore baseball player, Owen Johansson, said that Coach Fischer “is experienced and he knows when you’ve done something wrong and helps you fix your mistakes” and “always pushes us and makes us practice.”
Coach Fischer also has other experienced coaches at his disposal to give the team the best chances of success. He described these coaches as “having many years of coaching and playing experience.”
Some of the coaches that fit this description are Scott Schoeneweis and Tim Alderson. Coach Schoeweneis played in the MLB as a left-handed pitcher for five seasons. Coach Alderson is a former first-round draft pick and minor league player.
With tryouts done and practices and scrimmages underway, Fischer is looking forward to a strong 2020 season. “A lot of kids coming back and we have a shot at the playoffs,” Fischer said.
He also said that in order to improve from last year’s playoff standings, they will focus on “attention to detail” and will build off of their “experience in the [last year’s] playoffs.”
This upcoming year seems to look positive for the Saints. They have several upperclassmen coming back and a very skilled head coach in Brian Fischer.