Scott Fister enters his fifth year as the assistant coach of the NM State track and field team and has aided in the programs' successful restructuring.
Fister spends the majority of his time coaching the field events, particularly the throwers and pole vaulters. He also contributes to the strength and conditioning workouts for all track and field athletes, recruiting and daily operations of the program.
During the 2011 indoor track and field season, Fister helped NM State athletes break five different school records. Records were broken in the shot put, weight throw and the pole vault.
In the 2011 outdoor track and field season, Fister is credited for assisting NM State athletes break three records between the pole vault and the shot put. Fister also assisted Kelsey Brennan in earning first team All-WAC honors in the javelin throw.
Fister helped coach a team full of athletes who received academic honors on an individual and team basis. The track and field team was named as a USTFCCCA All-Academic team in 2011, which also included three athletes named as USTFCCCA All-Academic athletes.
Before NM State, 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 high schools around the country, including Kentucky, Alabama and New Mexico. Fister coached more than 60 athletes to state berths in throwing and pole-vaulting events. The majority of his athletes currently hold 80 percent of the school records at their respective high schools.
Prior to that, Fister was an assistant coach at Jacksonville State (2001-02), NM 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 NM State, 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 NM State record books in the discus.
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.