Head Coach Joe Fisher

Joe Fisher, now in his 26th year directing the Catholic University Women's Cross Country and Track and Field teams, has guided the Cardinals to tremendous success. He coached the first CUA woman (Carolyn Hughes Brady) to be named an All-American (1981-82) and helped her become the only woman in school history to win a national championship (1982 NCAA 800-meter outdoor title).

Fisher also coached track star Janet Muckenthaler, who was named 1998 NCAA Woman of the Year for the District of Columbia, and, a year later, helped Kate Cassidy qualify for the hammer throw in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

After winning the Mason-Dixon Conference Cross Country Championships in 1979, Fisher led the Cardinals to the 1982 and 1984 NCAA South/Southeast Regional Titles. His 1982 team placed 11th at the NCAA Division III Championships. He has twice been named CAC Coach of the Year (1991, 1993) and Co-Coach of the Year (2001).

Fisher enjoyed an outstanding running career at CUA. He performed on two Mason-Dixon cross country championship teams (1973-74) and one indoor track title-winning squad (1973). He ran a leg on a two-mile relay team that placed fifth at the 1973 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships. His outstanding performances earned him AAU (1973) and NCAA (1975) All-American honors.

Fisher, who competed for the Cardinals under current Men's Track & Field Coach Jerry McGee, is a firm believer in the many benefits of athletic competition.

Fisher graduated from CUA in 1975 with a degree in elementary education and later earned his Master's in education from Morgan State University. An eighth grade social studies and physical science teacher in Howard County, Md., he is also the CEO and Founder of First Generation College Bound, Inc., a company that helps students become the first people in their families to attend college. He and his wife, Pat, live in Laurel, Md., with their children, Joseph and Mya.

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