It’s commonplace in the sporting world to see playing surfaces named after legendary coaches and players who have played for the respective team. In the college sports world, a lot of playing surfaces and facilities are named after such individuals.
More often than not, these players or coaches are not currently with the team, but have retired or moved on to the professional ranks. Some make monetary donations to the school in exchange for naming rights, but that doesn’t compare to the honour of having a field or court named after you.
On Thursday, San Diego State University announced that they were renaming the court inside Viejas Arena to honour their longtime men’s basketball coach, Steve Fisher.
It’s now known as Steve Fisher Court at Viejas Arena.
In front of the scorer’s table inside Viejas Arena, in big white letters, the court is now labelled as Steve Fisher Court.
Steve Fisher is entering his 17th season with the Aztecs, and he has been an integral part in the development of the Aztecs’ men’s basketball program into a perennial NCAA Tournament team and Mountain West contender.
In each of the past six seasons, the Aztecs have recorded 23 wins or more and have been in the NCAA Tournament. Despite the talent that the Aztecs have been able to gather over the years and all of the NCAA Tournament appearances, they have only made the Sweet 16 twice in the past five seasons.
Having a court named after you is special in its own right, but when you’re still the current coach of the team and they rename the court after you, it means you must be doing something right.
Kudos to you, San Diego State, for your terrific gesture to one of the better coaches in the game today. The legend of Steve Fisher will live on inside Viejas Arena long after his head coaching tenure comes to an end.