UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – University of Richmond head football coach Danny Rocco announced Monday that former Penn State quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher has been hired as Associate Head Coach, Director of Recruiting and wide receivers coach at the University of Richmond.
“I am very excited today to announce the hiring of Charlie Fisher,” commented Rocco. “He will join our staff at the University of Richmond and will come in as our Associate Head Coach, Director of Recruiting, as well as focusing on coaching our wide receivers. Charlie has a very impressive resume and background, having spent over 30 years at a variety of different levels across the country in college football. His most extensive time was at Vanderbilt University and most recently was the quarterbacks coach at Penn State University for the last two seasons. We are very excited to welcome Charlie, his wife Julie and their family into our program and look forward to working with Coach Fisher as we start preparing for spring football.”
Fisher comes to Richmond after serving as the quarterbacks coach at Penn State for the past two seasons under the direction of former Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien. At Penn State, Fisher coached freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg to 2013 Big-10 Freshman of the Year honors and senior quarterback Matt McGloin to a Burlsworth Trophy in 2012.
With over 30 years of college coaching experience, Fisher has produced 54 All-Conference honorees, five national award nominees and eight All-Americans. His most extensive stay was at Vanderbilt University from 2002-2010 where he coached the 2005 SEC Player of the Year Jay Cutler and served as co-pass game coordinator his last five seasons and the wide receivers coach the final seven years.
Fisher is no stranger to the FCS, as he helped Eastern Kentucky win a national title in 1982. He also received a master’s degree at EKU and is a 1981 graduate of Springfield College.
He served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Temple (2000-02) and was the receivers coach at North Carolina State (1998-99), helping develop Wolfpack and NFL standouts Torry Holt and Koren Robinson. Holt was the 1998 ACC Player of the Year and the No. 6 pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, while Robinson was the 1999 ACC Rookie of the Year and played eight years in the NFL.
Fisher was head coach at West Georgia from 1991-98, earning a 67.9 winning percentage and leading the school to its first Gulf South Conference championship in 1997. Former New York Giants wide receiver Ron Dixon was among the players he developed at West Georgia. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Lenoir-Rhyne from 1985-91 and a graduate assistant coach at Ole Miss in 1983-84.
“I also want to make a couple other staff announcements,” added Rocco. “We have decided to rearrange our staff on offense to accommodate the new hiring in to really maximize our personal. Coach Streeter will remain as our offensive coordinator and our quarterback coach. As I mentioned, Coach Fisher will coach our wide receivers and we are going to move Coach Mines to the tight end position – a position he played in the National Football League. Coach Polin will move from tight ends to running backs – a position Coach Polin has coached at prior institutions. We feel really good about this arrangement here moving forward and are excited about getting started with our preparation for spring football.”
Richmond will begin spring ball March 20 at 4:30 p.m., and will hold 14 practices in preparation of the annual Spider Spring Game, which is schedule for April 19 at 1 p.m.
For complete coverage of Spider football spring practice, including video interviews, photos and practice reports visit RichmondSpiders.com.
A breakdown of the current Richmond football staff is below.
Danny Rocco, Head Coach
Charlie Fisher, Associate Head Coach/Wide Receivers Coach/Director of Recruiting
Brandon Streeter, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Bob Trott, Defensive Coordinator
Levern Belin, Defensive Line Coach
Dave Legg, Cornerbacks Coach/Defensive Recruiting Coordinator
Blaine McCorkle, Offensive Line Coach
Fontel Mines, Tight Ends Coach
Bill Polin, Running Backs Coach/Offensive Recruiting Coordinator
Manny Rojas, Outside Linebackers Coach
Byron Thweatt, Linebackers Coach