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Otto-Fisher steps into head coaching role at Superior

Former Glencoe-Silver Lake head girls’ basketball and soccer coach has ascended to the role of interim head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team after just one year as an assistant.
The move occurred after UW-Superior’s previous longtime coach, Dr. Donald Mulhern, resigned his post to take over as the head coach at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.
“It was a pretty fast move for (Mulhern) to get the job (at St. Kate’s) and we started the season very shortly up here, so the athletic director had asked if I would be interested in taking on the interim head coach job,” Otto-Fisher said. “Wanting to make the transition as smooth as possible, this seemed like the best fit for the UWS basketball players and team.”
Otto-Fisher, a UW-Superior graduate, will carry the “interim” tag for this season before an official hiring process takes place in the next year.
“It is my hope to be a top candidate for the position,” he said.
Otto-Fisher now leads a program that won its conference title in each of the last three seasons and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the past two seasons.
He said the main team goal for this season as “winning some NCAA (Tournament) games.”
Taking a cue from his time at GSL, Otto-Fisher said that the Yellowjackets have scheduled non-conference games against challenging teams in order to best prepare for playoff time.
“This Christmas break we are going to Wartburg College in Iowa to play in a four-team tournament,” he said. “All four teams were in the NCAA Tournament last year.”
UW-Superior entered this week with a 2-1 record on the season after losing to the host Blugolds in the UW-Eau Claire Tip-Off Classic last weekend.
Otto-Fisher said that the position is a demanding one, requiring long hours seven days a week.
“Challenge No. 1 would be the lack of strong enough coffee and only having 24 hours in a day,” he said.
In spite of a busy schedule, he tries to keep in touch with the happenings at GSL. He plans to travel to Des Moines, Iowa, in a couple weeks to watch Panther alumna Maddie Monahan play for Drake University.
“It has been a roller coaster since leaving and I still follow all the sports teams,” he said. “GSL will always be home for me. It was hard for me to leave, but I am very blessed to be a head coach right now. I owe a lot to the players and coaches at GSL and it has been great staying in touch with them.”