Brad Fischer restored the UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball winning tradition in short order. In June 2012, Fischer inherited a program that had won 11 WIAC championships and one national title, but had no winning seasons and a 52-99 record from 2007-12.
Fischer, who owns a 139-33 record in his six years at UW-Oshkosh, has guided the Titans to the NCAA Division III Championship four of the past five seasons. Under Fischer’s guidance UW-Oshkosh was one of eight Division III women’s programs to win at least one game at each of the four NCAA postseasons between 2014-17 as the Titans reached the third round in 2014 and 2017 and advanced to the second round in 2015 and 2016.
Fischer earned 2014 Central Region Coach of the Year honors from D3hoops.com as well as WIAC Coach of the Year plaudits in 2013 and 2017. Fischer helped UW-Oshkosh win the 2017 WIAC regular season title in addition to three consecutive league tournament championships from 2014-16.
Last season Fischer and the Titans compiled a 21-6 record and placed second in the WIAC standings for the fifth time over the most recent six years. UW-Oshkosh, which produced a 9-5 WIAC mark, advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament for the fifth season in a row. The Titans led the country by committing just 11 turnovers per game while also pacing the league with 70.5 points per game, 50.9 points allowed per contest, a .436 field goal percentage, a +7.9 average rebounding margin and a 1.25 assist-to-turnover ratio. In the classroom the Titans finished 24th in the country with a 3.567 team grade point average.
In 2016-17 Fischer led UW-Oshkosh to a 26-4 record and the program’s first conference title since 2006. The Titans produced a 13-1 mark in WIAC play to secure the school’s first outright conference championship since 1999. UW-Oshkosh concluded the season ranked ninth by D3hoops.com as the Titans listed second nationally with just 11.8 turnovers per game and 13th in the country by allowing 50.5 points per contest. UW-Oshkosh also paced the WIAC in field goal percentage (.413), field goal percentage defense (.354) and turnover margin (+4.40). Fischer helped Taylor Schmidt become the school’s third WIAC Player of the Year honoree and the first since 1998. Schmidt also received All-America recognition from both D3hoops.com and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
During the 2015-16 season, Fischer helped lead the Titans to a 23-6 record, including an 11-3 mark in the WIAC. UW-Oshkosh finished the year ranked 13th by D3hoops.com after reaching at least the second round of the NCAA postseason for the third year in a row. The Titans capped the season ranked third in the nation with 12.1 turnovers per game while also leading the WIAC in scoring defense (51.1), 3-point field goal percentage (.348), assists (13.34) and turnover margin (+5.79).
In the 2014-15 season, Fischer's Titans owned a 23-7 overall record and an 11-5 mark in the WIAC. UW-Oshkosh advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship for the second consecutive season after winning its second straight and third overall WIAC Championship title. The Titans ended the year leading the WIAC in field goal percentage (.429) and turnover margin (+3.63).
During the 2013-14 campaign, Fischer led UW-Oshkosh to a 26-4 record and the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Titans, who concluded the season ranked ninth by D3hoops.com, won the WIAC tournament for the second time overall and first since 1999. Fischer also guided UW-Oshkosh to a second-place finish in the WIAC regular season with a 13-3 mark. It was the most WIAC wins for the Titans since 2004, when they also went 13-3. UW-Oshkosh hosted a 2014 NCAA Division III regional pod and advanced to the third round for the first time since 1999. Fischer’s squad led the WIAC in per-game scoring defense (55.1), 3-point field goal defense (.285), rebounding defense (31.7), assists (14.57) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.01). The Titans set program records with 775 free throw attempts and 558 free throws made.
Fischer’s 2014 Titans also earned a spot on the Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The Titans ranked 23rd in D III with a 3.48 team grade point average.
Fischer’s first year, in 2012-13, was a record-breaking success as the Titans improved by 13 wins. UW-Oshkosh (20-6) posted a 12-4 league record for the greatest turnaround in WIAC history. Fischer was named Coach of the Year by both the WIAC and the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. With the WIAC’s top defense (51 points per game), Fischer guided the Titans to victories over national runner-up UW-Whitewater and No. 16 UW-Stevens Point.
Fischer has helped six Titans garner a total of 11 All-WIAC first team accolades, four players achieve seven total All-Central Region awards from D3hoops.com and two Titans earn a total of four All-America citations from the American Basketball Coaches Association. UW-Oshkosh’s Megan Wenig was also named a WIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2013, and Eliza Campbell won the award in 2018.
Fischer spent five seasons (2006-11) as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division II UW-Parkside. He also has prior experience coaching in the WIAC, assisting with the UW-La Crosse women’s basketball team from 2003-06.
Under Fischer and head coach Jenny Kenesie, UW-Parkside improved its record each of his five years with the program. The five-year run culminated with records of 24-7 in 2011 and 23-8 in 2010, the two best victory totals in school history. During 2012 Fischer served as UW-Parkside’s assistant athletic director for communications.
UW-Parkside compiled a winning record in each of Fischer’s five years as assistant coach. In 2010 the Rangers captured their first Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) division title, reached the title game of the GLVC Tournament and qualified for the NCAA Division II Championship for just the second time in school history. UW-Parkside won two games in the 2011 NCAA Division II Tournament to reach the Sweet Sixteen. The Rangers fell in the Midwest Regional final to eventual national runner-up Michigan Technical University. During the season, UW-Parkside was ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for the first time.
Fischer’s first recruiting class at UW-Parkside finished with an 89-31 record and three NCAA postseason appearances. Two of his players were named all-region and broke the 1,600-point barrier for their careers. In 2012 Jadee Rooney became the first Ranger to receive NCAA Division II All-America mention.
At UW-La Crosse, Fischer helped the Eagles improve from a 9-16 team in 2004 to a 19-8 squad in 2006. The winning record was the program’s first in 18 years. UW-La Crosse began the 2006 campaign with 13 straight wins to become the 16th-ranked team in the nation. Fischer recruited and coached Mackenzie Hunter, who finished as the school’s second-leading scorer (1,526 points) and earned WIAC Player of the Year honors.
Fischer also was an assistant coach at Western Wisconsin Technical College from 2000-01 and Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School from 2001-03.
Fischer owns a bachelor’s (2002) and master’s degree (2005) from UW-La Crosse.