Delaware Tech Hires Coach Jim Fischer to Start Cross Country Program at Stanton Campus

STANTON – Delaware Technical Community College’s Stanton/Wilmington Campus is pleased to announce the hiring of Jim Fischer to lead the creation of a cross country team at that campus. Fischer is a longtime coaching professional, who coached track and field at the University of Delaware from 1982 until 2012. He was named America East Coach of the Year five times during his time at the University of Delaware.

Fischer will develop and coach a men’s and women’s cross country team, which will begin competing in fall 2013. Women’s cross country is currently offered at the College’s Terry Campus in Dover, but this will be the only co-ed cross-country team at the College.

“I am excited to join Delaware Tech to start this program,” said Fischer. “Running is my passion, and I’m looking forward to mentoring student athletes. I consider myself a developmental coach and want to help individuals reach their full potential, in the classroom and in competition.”

Mark T. Brainard, Vice-President and Campus Director at the Stanton/Wilmington Campus stated, “We are thrilled to add a program that will provide Delaware’s high school graduates with the opportunity to compete in a high-quality cross country program, while earning a college education.”

Students who are interested in joining the co-ed cross country program can attend an information session at the Stanton Campus conference center on July 8, 2013 at 6 pm. They may also contact Susan Pacheco at (302) 453-3753 or email at spacheco@dtcc.edu.

Fischer was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in May 2012. Prior to his tenure at the University of Delaware, he served as head track and field and assistant football coach at Concordia College (Minn.) for two years. He was inducted into the Concordia Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. A native of Minnesota and a graduate of Augsburg College, Fischer is a veteran marathon runner and world traveler. He is the founder and president of the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame, and an adviser to the B+ Foundation and Delaware Special Olympics. He is also active with USA Track and Field, and served on the boards of the Mid-Atlantic Association and Girls on the Run. He has been active in training adults from the community since 1984. Fischer resides with his wife, Christine, in Newark, DE and has two children.

PICTURED: Coach Jim Fischer (center) is welcomed to the school by Stanton/Wilmington Campus Athletic Director Ron Burgess (left) and Assistant Athletic Director Jim Kane (right)