Brian Fish is entering his fourth season as assistant coach with the University of Oregon men’s basketball program. Fish has been a long-time assistant to head coach Dana Altman, having spent 13 seasons under his direction in stints at Oregon, Creighton and Marshall.
Fish has 24 years of coaching experience overall at the NCAA Division I level. Seven programs that Fish has been associated with as either a player or coach have reached the NCAA Tournament. During his eight seasons at Creighton, the Bluejays advanced to postseason play on six occasions.
Fish was a part of two separate Altman staffs at Creighton. He was a member of the first staff from 1994-96, and then returned to the program in the summer of 2004 after coaching a combined eight years at Texas Christian and San Diego.
Fish spent the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons at San Diego, helping the Toreros to the 2002-03 NCAA Tournament. Fish was promoted to associate head coach for the 2003-04 campaign.
Prior to San Diego, Fish was on Billy Tubbs’ staff at TCU as an assistant coach. At TCU, Fish served as recruiting coordinator and oversaw academics for the basketball team. In his six years at the school, TCU made three postseason appearances and compiled an overall record of 125-68.
Fish and Altman first worked together during the 1989-90 season, when the two were at Marshall. Fish was breaking into coaching as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, while Altman earned Southern Conference Coach of the Year recognition in his lone year with the Thundering Herd.
Two years after Altman went to Kansas State, Fish rejoined his mentor in Manhattan as a video/film coordinator. Paired together again, Altman and his staff earned 1993 Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year accolades.
When Altman moved to Creighton prior to the 1994-95 season, Fish followed and served in the same capacity for the program. Together, they helped lay the groundwork for Creighton’s run of 12 straight postseason appearances.
A native of Seymour, Ind., Fish played two seasons for Clem Haskins at Western Kentucky before transferring to play at Marshall. Fish earned a degree in sport management from Marshall in 1989 before becoming a graduate assistant there.
In the spring of 2009, Fish was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Team along with 16 other former Indiana high school basketball standouts and Hoosier legends, a class that also included Steve Alford, Gregg Popovich and Scott Skiles.