Jim Fischer

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Over 30 years as track and cross country coach at the University of Delaware, Jim Fischer has guided more than 100 athletes to individual championships, helped countless others to superior college
achievement, and broadened access to the sport throughout Delaware and elsewhere. Since becoming the Blue Hens coach in 1982, Fisher has been named conference coach of the year five times.
One-hundred nineteen of his athletes have won individual conference championships. His indoor teams were undefeated from 1987 to 1991, and have an overall record of 121-36-1. Five of his teams have
won conference titles; another 12 finished second. Many of those champions were not high school stars, but blossomed under his mentoring.

A nationally-recognized leader in the sport, he has been president of the NCAA Division I Cross Country Coaches Association and coached the East team at the 1991 Olympic Festival. He has been a
goodwill ambassador and clinician in Honduras, North Yemen, Egypt and China. He has been a board member of USA Track & Field’s High Performance Division and Mid Atlantic Association. As an
assistant professor of physical education, he has instructed and coached many of the state’s track coaches.

On his own time, he has trained thousands of Delaware adults in a Tuesday Night Group that he founded and has operated for the benefit of the community for many years. He has served on the board
of directors for Girls on the Run, and been an adviser to the Leukemia Society and Special Olympics Delaware. He founded the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1994, and remains its



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