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Jimbo Fisher
Title Head Coach
College Florida State
Sport Football
Team record 0-0
Born October 9, 1965 (1965-10-09) (age 44)
Place of birth Clarksburg, West Virginia
Career highlights
Overall 0-0
Playing career
Salem College
Position Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Samford (OC)
Auburn (QBs coach)
Cincinnati (QBs coach)
LSU (OC/QBs coach)
Florida State (OC/QBs coach)
Florida State

John James "Jimbo" Fisher (born October 9, 1965, in Clarksburg, West Virginia) is an American college football coach and former player. He is currently head coach at the Florida State University.

As a senior student at Samford University Fisher was the NCAA Division III National Player of the Year. From 2000-2007 he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at LSU from 2000 until 2006. From 2006 to 2009 he was offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and, beginning in 2007, head coach-in-waiting for the Florida State Seminoles. Bobby Bowden, Florida State's head coach of 34 years, retired after the team's appearance in its 28th consecutive bowl game on 2010 January 1.[1]. Fisher took over as head coach soon after. Florida State is Fisher's first head coaching position.




Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Fisher attended North View Junior High School and Liberty High School before going to Salem College (now Salem International University) in Salem, West Virginia where he played quarterback under head coach Terry Bowden from 1985-1986. When Bowden left for Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Fisher transferred with him to play his final season for the Bulldogs where he was named Division III National Player of the Year.[2] Fisher still holds multiple school records at Samford.[3]

Fisher played a season in the Arena Football League in 1988, then rejoined Terry Bowden at Samford as a graduate assistant coach working with quarterbacks from 1988-1990. He was subsequently hired as the fulltime offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. After two seasons Fisher moved with Bowden to Auburn University where he coached quarterbacks alongside offensive coordinator Tommy Bowden. At Auburn Fisher coached several successful quarterbacks including Patrick Nix, who would later serve as offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech and Miami. He continued at Auburn until Tommy Tuberville took over as head coach following Terry Bowden's 1998 mid-season resignation.

Fisher coached quarterbacks for one season at Cincinnati before joining Nick Saban's new staff at LSU in 2000. When Saban left for the NFL's Miami Dolphins Fisher remained at LSU to continue his role with Les Miles. At LSU he helped to develop a number of outstanding quarterbacks, including Josh Booty, Rohan Davey, Matt Mauck and JaMarcus Russell.

Fisher interviewed for the head coaching position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham after the 2006 season but the Board of Trustees, which also governs the University of Alabama, vetoed the contract offer, sparking some controversy.[4][5] He turned down an invitation from Nick Saban to join the coaching staff at the University of Alabama to sign a contract as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida State University. His contract initially guaranteed a base salary of $215,000 with incentives increasing the total package into the low $400,000 range.[6][7] In a press release on December 10, 2007 Jimbo Fisher was named "head coach in waiting", making him the eventual successor for legendary Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden.[8] The new contract paid Fisher around $600,000 per year with a $2.5 million buyout clause.[9] The university promised to pay $5 million to Fisher if he was not made head coach by January 2011.

On December 1, 2009 Bowden announced that he would retire from coaching after the Seminoles' upcoming bowl game on New Year's Day 2010. Fisher began selecting his coaching staff and recruiting players while preparing the team for its bowl game for the last time as a Bowden assistant. The Seminoles sent Bowden out with a victory on January 1. Fisher held his first staff meeting the following afternoon. A few days later, on January 5, he officially became only the ninth head football coach in Florida State history.

Head Coach, Florida State

Jimbo Fisher's official introduction as head coach took place at a Florida State University press conference on 2010 January 7. "Empowered, confident athletes are winners," he said. "My goal is to get the structure, the staff and the support resources in place to facilitate a winning plan and get players into the structure and start effecting change. Now." Fisher then announced his 2010 coaching staff:[10]

  • Rick Trickett, assistant head coach/offensive line
  • Eddie Gran, associate head coach, running backs and special teams coach
  • James Coley, offensive coordinator
  • Lawrence Dawsey, receivers coach
  • Dameyune Craig, quarterbacks coach
  • Mark Stoops, defensive coordinator
  • Greg Hudson, linebackers coach and assistant head coach on defense
  • Darin Eliot, defensive ends coach
  • Odell Haggins, defensive line coach

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Florida State (ACC) (2010–present)
2010 Florida State 0-0
Florida State: 0-0
Total: 0-0
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

Coaching résumé

  • 1991–1992 – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Samford University
  • 1993–1998 – Quarterbacks Coach, Auburn University
  • 1999–2000 – Quarterbacks Coach, University of Cincinnati
  • 2000–2006 – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Louisiana State University
  • 2006–2010 – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks and (since 2007) Head Coach in Waiting, Florida State University
  • 2010–present – Head Coach, Florida State University



Fisher and his wife Candi have two sons, Trey and Ethan.[7] Fisher has one brother, Bryan, who is the offensive coordinator at Fairmont State University and his mother, Gloria, teaches Chemistry at Robert C. Byrd High School.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Head Coach Bobby Bowden Signs One Year Contract". http://www.seminoles.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/012809aaa.html. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Jimbo Fisher". LSU Athletic Department. http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=28715&SPID=2164&DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=174005&Q_SEASON=2006. Retrieved 2006-10-16. 
  3. ^ "2006 Samford Football History". Samford Athletic Department. http://www.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/samf/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/History. Retrieved 2006-10-16. 
  4. ^ "More Alabama Shenanigans". http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/si_blogs/football/ncaa/2006/12/more-alabama-shenanigans.html. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  5. ^ Cook, Ben (2006-12-17). "Alabama coaching search takes bizarre twist". LindysSports.com. http://www.al.com/ncaafootball/lindys/index.ssf?/base/sports/116638591067080.xml&coll=9. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  6. ^ "FSU, Fisher come to terms". Tallahassee Democrat. http://tdo.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070108/FSU0301/701080339. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  7. ^ a b c "FSU Announces Jimbo Fisher As New Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach". FSU Athletic Department. 2007-01-08. http://seminoles.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/010807aab.html. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  8. ^ ESPN.com: Sources: Fisher to replace Bowden at FSU when he retires
  9. ^ "Fisher's coaching deal has $2.5 million buyout". ESPN. 2007-12-17. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3158421. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  10. ^ http://www.tampabay.com/sports/college/jimbo-fisher-takes-over-fsu-football-program-seeking-key-to-victory/1063734
  11. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named seminoles.com; see Help:Cite error.

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