TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The University of Arizona announced on Wednesday, Dec. 23, that it has chosen New England Patriots quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch as the head football coach, replacing Kevin Sumlin.
Fisch, 44, has eight years’ experience of coaching at the collegiate level, including stints in the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 and 13 years in the NFL. He was UCLA’s offensive coordinator in 2017, where the Bruins were 1-1 with Fisch as interim head coach.
This is Fisch’s first time serving full-time as a head coach, pending final approval from the Arizona Board of Regents.
Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said Fisch is exactly what the Wildcats football program needs.
“We are tremendously excited to have Jedd Fisch come to Tucson to reinvigorate our football program and lead us to championships,” Heeke said. “Jedd has a unique ability to teach the game of football effectively to his players and to inspire them with his passion. We conducted a comprehensive national search with an impressive array of candidates but in the end, Jedd is exactly what our program needs right now and I cannot wait to partner with him to move us forward.”
Fisch has served on coaching staffs that reached five bowl games, highlighted by the 2016 Orange Bowl when he served as Michigan’s passing game coordinator.
“I am honored and humbled to lead the University of Arizona football program,” Fisch said. “I am 100% committed to building a program that all Wildcat fans will be proud to support. We will study hard, compete hard, recruit hard and be relentless in all aspects of our program. I want to thank President Robbins and Dave Heeke for their belief in me and in my vision for Arizona Football and my family and I cannot wait to immerse ourselves in the UA and Tucson communities.”
Fisch is a native of Livingston, N.J. and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in criminology in 1998. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Florida.
Fisch and his wife, Amber, have three daughters: Zaylee, Ashlee and Kendall.
Arizona fired Sumlin on Dec. 12, one day after the Wildcats lost to in-state rival, Arizona State in the Territorial Cup game.
Sumlin finished his 3-year term at Arizona with an overall record of 9-20, 6-17 in the Pac-12. The Wildcats never beat the Sun Devils under Sumlin.