Gerald Andrews, president of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, presents a plaque to Mark Fisher after inducting Fisher into the Hall of Fame on January 27, 2019.

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame has a new member for the Class of 2019: Mark Fisher was inducted into the prestigious group at the 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield, Missouri, on January 27.

The Class of 2019 featured 15 individuals, two sports families and two exceptional high school programs.

Fisher, a 1977 graduate of Fairfax High School, was recognized for his accomplishments as a basketball coach and sports administrator.

Mark’s impressive list of accomplishments and career highlights are featured on the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame website:

A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Fisher served as the athletic director of Springfield Public Schools (2003-2014) with supervision of more than 300 employees across five high schools and nine middle schools. He was also director of the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, which features top basketball prospects during a January weekend tournament that draws roughly 25,000 fans. He also led a $3.5 million fundraising effort that led to facilities improvements in the 2012-2013 school year. He is now in his fourth year at Drury University, where he added wrestling and men’s and women’s bowling to Drury’s NCAA Division II sports department and welcomed shooting sports and STUNT (a cheer competition) as non-NCAA sports. The moves have increased student-athlete enrollment from 285 to 451. Fisher began as a high school boys basketball coach, first at Stanberry (1981-1986), Owensville (1986-1989) and Springfield’s Greenwood Laboratory (1989 to 2003). He guided Greenwood to a 1991 state runner-up finish, won 58 games at Owensville and guided Stanberry’s girls’ track and field team to a 1982 state championship. He is a 2015 Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame inductee and, in 2017, was honored by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association with the Gary Filbert Award for his lifetime of work.

Mark, son of Pat Fisher and the late Jimmie Fisher of Fairfax, has extended his love of sports to his own children. He and his wife have three children, Trevyor, Ben and Ashley. Trevyor coached Republic boys’ basketball to state titles in 2013 and 2014. Ben was on Drury’s 2013 NCAA Division II national basketball national cham-pionship team and now is an assistant there. Ashley played college volleywood at Lindenwood.

All of the inductees were either born in Missouri, made their career in Missouri, and/or contributed to amateur or professional sports in Missouri at the time of induction.