NMSU Cross Country BIO

Contact coach Fister at 505-646-7368 or email him at sfister@nmsu.edu

Scott Fister returns to New Mexico State after a six-year absence from the track & field program. Fister is the primary coach for the field events, including the throwers and pole-vaulters. He also contributes to the strength and conditioning workouts for all track & field athletes.

Most recently, Fister was the founder and head coach of the Las Cruces SunDragons Track Club. At the start of the club in 2005, there were only nine athletes in the program, but two years later the number soared to 41 members.
Under Fister’s direction, the SunDragons have sent nine athletes to the junior Olympics.

Throughout the years, Fister has been a volunteer assistant coach at multiple HSs around the country, including Kentucky, Alabama and New Mexico. Fister coached more than 60 athletes to state bertHSin throwing and pole-vaulting events. The majority of his athletes currently hold 80 percent of the school records at their respective HS.

Prior to that, Fister was an assistant coach at Jacksonville State (2001-02), New Mexico State (1999-00) and Louisville (1996-98). At these schools, Fister was in charge of the development of the throwers and pole-vaulters, relays and oversaw the strength and conditioning workouts, along with the daily program operations. He has coached a total of 14 all-conference selections and numerous record holders.

During his time at NMSU, he coached Kristen Grace, the former school record holder in the hammer (172-02) and the weight throw (54-10), along with Jennifer Doherty who currently holds the third place spot in the NMSU record books in the discuss.

Fister received a bachelor’s degree from Louisville in exercise science and sports medicine in the summer of 1999. He was also a scholarship member on the track and field team.


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