Lake Braddock announced yesterday it has named Derek Fisher to replace Melissa Trowbridge as its head girls basketball coach. Fisher, who graduated from McLean, had served as an assistant to Fred Priester at Oakton since 1994.
"Everything here is top-notch," Fisher said about the Burke school. "The basketball program has been traditionally strong. It's synonymous with winning and success, and there are great kids here. They win, but they win with class. I feel it is my responsibility to keep that tradition going."
Fisher began his coaching career as an assistant with the Fairfax boys team in 1992. In 1993, he was an assistant with the Fairfax girls team, and since 1994 has been at Oakton, where he helped lead the girls to five consecutive Concorde District regular season titles and four Concorde District tournament titles.
"He's a big reason why we've had so much success," Priester said. "It's always a loss when you have someone leave who's worked with you for five years. We will miss him."
Fisher, a head coach for the first time, will inherit a perennial powerhouse. In 15 seasons under Trowbridge, who resigned this summer, the Bruins posted a 228-118 record and won the 1989 Virginia AAA state title. Lake Braddock went 21-6 last season and advanced to the semifinals of the Northern Region tournament before falling to Robinson.
"There's pressure and there are big shoes to fill, but if I work hard I can do that," Fisher said. "The good news is she's still here in the building to offer support."
Lake Braddock also announced boys basketball coach Mark Martino will become assistant athletic director. Martino, who will stay on as the boys coach, was on the interview panel for the girls job.