Chris Fisk is finally living out a childhood dream.
The Pocatello native and Pocatello High School graduate, who has been mentored by the likes of Jim Koetter, Brent Koetter and Gino Mariani, is the first-year head football coach at Division II Central Washington University — his first college head coaching gig. Fisk was hired to lead the Wildcats in February after spending three seasons as CWU’s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
His first game at the helm, a 41-31 loss Sept. 7 at Idaho, had the makings of an upset. Central Washington led 17-10 in the first quarter, was tied 24-24 in the third and trailed 34-31 with 7 minutes, 13 seconds to go in the fourth. Central Washington’s offense gained 6.0 yards per play, for a total of 359 yards, despite losing the time-of-possession battle by more than 20 minutes.
Up next for Central Washington (0-1) is Saturday’s home opener against No. 2-ranked Ferris State.
Before coaching at CWU, Fisk spent five years at Southern Oregon University as the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. He won an NAIA national championship with SOU in 2014.
Fisk played center on Pocatello High’s 1994 state championship football team.