Sarah O?Malley-Fisher is entering her first season as co-head coach of the UIC softball program after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Flames. O?Malley-Fisher will share the head coaching position with Tom Gray, who has also been an assistant at UIC the past two years.
A 2001 UIC Hall of Fame inductee and a member of the 1994 Flames World Series softball team, O?Malley-Fisher gained valuable experience both as a player and a fellow coach under the tutelage of former head coach Mike McGovern.
McGovern felt very comfortable handing the reigns over to both Gray and O?Malley-Fisher.
?Sarah has got a lot of experience playing and coaching with me as well as coaching high school and summer ASA teams,? McGovern said of his former pupil. ?She will take from all of that experience and develop her own philosophy, which I think will work very well. I feel confident that she?s got the experience and skill to lead the UIC softball team to the next level.?
During O?Malley-Fisher?s time as an assistant at UIC, she primarily worked with the pitchers and catchers, and helped coach the team to two conference tournament championships and one regular-season conference championship. The Flames also made two NCAA Regional tournament appearances under her guidance while she helped the program produce nine All-Conference First-Team selections, eight All-Great Lakes Region selections and one All-American.
Before her coaching career at UIC, O?Malley-Fisher had a stellar playing career for the Flames from 1991-94. She was a First-Team All-Mid-Continent Conference selection in 1994 and still has her name written all over the UIC record book, appearing among the top 10 career and single-season leaders in nearly every offensive category.
During that memorable 1994 campaign, she led UIC to their best-ever showing in the NCAA Tournament with wins over DePaul, Notre Dame and Indiana en route to the school?s first and only appearance in the College World Series.
O?Malley-Fisher?s accomplished playing career prepared her for a successful transition into the coaching ranks. Prior to her arrival at UIC, she served as assistant coach for the Whiteford Sharks 18-Under American Fastpitch Association team. Under O'Malley-Fisher?s guidance, the Sharks claimed the 1998 national 18-Under championship.
Accompanying her coaching duties for the Sharks, O?Malley-Fisher also worked multiple pitching and catching camps, and still continues to work camps throughout Illinois, New York, and Florida, as well as for Whiteford.
In addition to her work with the Sharks, O?Malley-Fisher also spent several years as a history and English teacher as well as an assistant softball coach at Downers Grove North High School in Downers Grove, Ill., from 1996-99.
O?Malley-Fisher is a 1994 UIC graduate, having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English. She is married and she and her husband, Todd, reside in Oak Park, Ill.