March 25, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash - Washington State University Women's Basketball Head Coach Sherri Murrell announced the hiring of two assistant coaches - Lisa Fisher and Christopher Holland - to her staff, Monday.
Fisher and Holland come to the Palouse after serving as assistants on Murrell's staff at the University of the Pacific during the 2001-02 season. Murrell made the announcement at a press conference that formally publicized her hiring at WSU. Murrell was appointed head coach of the Cougars, March 19.
With the two hires, Murrell has one more position - recruiting coordinator - remaining to fill on her staff.
Prior to coming to Pacific, Fisher coached at Northeastern in Boston, Mass., where she was an assistant during the 2000-01 season.
Preceding her coaching at Northeastern, Fisher was at Portland State from 1996-2000, where she also worked with Murrell from 1996 to 1998. At Portland State, she helped guide the Vikings to their first Big Sky Championship Appearance in 1999. Fisher also served as an assistant coach for Idaho State during the 1995-96 season.
"Lisa is someone whom I am very familiar with," said Murrell. "She is enthusiastic, energetic and a very hard worker who has great ties to the Northwest as well. She brings to the table a lot of different resources that's going to help us."
Fisher was a four-year standout at Boise State from 1990-1994. During her playing career her team made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and was Big Sky champion in 1992 and 1994. She was named to the Big Sky All-Academic Team in 1991,1993 and 1994, was a Big Sky Scholar Athlete in 1994, and received the teams Most Inspirational Player Award from 1990-1994. Fisher graduated from Boise State in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Before his year at Pacific, Holland was at Arizona State, where he was a team manager of the women's basketball team for five years.
"Christopher has a great knowledge of the game and is a great player's coach," said Murrell. "His personality meshes well with recruits as well as the players. He is a hard worker who will always find a way to make our program better."
In his five seasons at Arizona State, Holland assisted the head coach in recruiting, breaking down film, organizing teaching clinics, and marketing and promoting the women's basketball program. During his time with the Sun Devils, the program went from a sub .500 record to a WNIT berth in 1999, to its first Pac-10 championship, and finally an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001.
Holland also coached at several basketball camps at Arizona State, as well running various clinics at current ASU Head Coach Charli Turner-Thorne's basketball camp. He was one of 25 students selected by a panel of faculty to serve with the Arizona State University Student Foundation and received numerous awards for his outstanding contributions to the women's basketball team.
Holland graduated from Arizona State where he earned a bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in mass communications and history. He also attended graduate school at Arizona State.