Lakota West Firebirds

    Andy Fishman

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    Fishman’s program is coming off its 6th straight season in the National Top 25 rankings by ESPN and USA Today. Lakota West has three OHSAA Division 1 Final Four appearances: 2015 Ohio Division 1 State Champion, 2009 Final Four, and 2008 State Runner-Up. Additionally, his squads have seven Final 8 appearances, and nine trips to the State Sweet 16. Locally, our girls have nine GMC championship titles with a GMC record 5 consecutive, nine district championships, and 18 seasons ranked among the top 10 in the greater Cincinnati area (Enquirer coaches poll). Currently, Coach Fishman’s public HS program development has produced over 50 girls moving to the collegiate level as players, some playing overseas, in the WNBA, and currently coaching in high school or college; his career record stands at 1997-1998 through 2017-2018 at 411-133. After coaching JV, Freshman, and JHS at the Old Lakota HS, Fishman has coached 22 years as Lakota West HS’s Head Coach. Fishman is also a leader in youth basketball. He is the Ohio AAU Boys and Girls State Sport Director and is an elected official on the National AAU Girls Basketball Executive Committee as the Zone A Rep. Andy has taught special education for 33 years (four years in New York City Public and at Lakota’s Liberty Junior, West Freshman Campus, and teaches at Lakota West since the school opened in 1997). He and his wife Felice have two daughters (Rylee class of 2010 and Blake 2015), who are graduates of Lakota West and were players on two of the Firebird’s final four teams. He also has a son, Tate who is a 12th-grade student-athlete at Lakota West.

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