William & Mary introduces Fischer as new men’s basketball coach


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — William & Mary has named Dane Fischer as its next men’s basketball coach.

Fischer spent the last four seasons as assistant coach at George Mason. Previously Fischer was an assistant coach at Rider and Bucknell.

Director of Athletic Samantha Huge, left, and President Katherine Rowe, right, officially introduce Dane Fischer, center, as William & Mary's new men's basketball head coach on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (WAVY Photo)

William & Mary officially introduced Dane Fischer as its new head coach of men’s basketball in a news conference Wednesday morning.

Fischer replaces Tony Shaver, who was fired after 16 seasons as Tribe head coach.

Following Shaver’s dismissal, five players have entered the NCAA’s transfer portal, and another, Nathan Knight, is exploring his NBA options.

“There are very few institutions in the country that blend academic excellence with high-level athletics as well as William & Mary,” Fischer said in a statement released by the university.

“I can’t wait to get to know our current student-athletes as quickly as possible. My family and I look forward to immersing ourselves on this campus and in the Williamsburg community, as we strive to lead the Tribe to the top of the CAA and into the NCAA Tournament.”  

Athletic Director Samantha Huge added, “He is a coach who wants to do all that he can to see his student-athletes realize their dreams, including participating in the NCAA Tournament.”

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