Going in the right direction.
That’s how Ben Fisher feels about his life right now.
Fisher resigned from his position as the DeKalb head girls volleyball coach about two weeks ago. He will be taking a position as an assistant women’s volleyball coach at Wheaton College.
Fisher, the Barbs’ coach for two seasons, said he always wanted to coach at the collegiate level. He also said this is perfect timing.
He is getting married in May, and his fiancée is going to be working in Chicago, a shorter drive from Wheaton.
“It was a good opportunity,” Fisher told the Daily Chronicle.
Wheaton College is a Division III school that competes in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The Thunder finished 24-12 last season and 4-3 in the CCIW. The 24 victories by the Thunder were the most for the program since a 25-9 campaign in 2007.
The Barbs went 59-16 during Fisher’s tenure, capturing a Northern Illinois Big 12 East title and a regional championship in 2012. The team also won the Glenbrook South tourney. One of those victories at the tourney included a win over New Trier, which went on to finish third at the IHSA Class 4A state tournament.
Fisher said that win over New Trier was important for the players because it showed them that they could break down barriers and beat elite teams.
He said DeKalb was a great environment for him because of the support of the players, students, parents, administration and community, as well as previous DeKalb coach Stephanie Gooden.
Fisher said he was proud of the work the players put in during the offseason to make themselves better by playing at a higher level and he’s going to miss the “special” group.
An Illinois State graduate, Fisher led the Peoria Richwoods girls volleyball team to a 2009 IHSA Class 3A regional final and a Mid-State Six Conference title, and was the coach of an Illini Elite 18 Cardinal team that finished fifth in the 18 Open Division at the AAU National Championships in 2011.
The Barbs finished 30-7 this past season, and return 2013 Daily Chronicle all-area member Nicole Schladt, who will be a senior libero.
The DeKalb High School head girls volleyball coaches’ position is posted on the DeKalb School District 428 employment website. Also posted are the head girls basketball, boys basketball, girls bowling, boys bowling and girls tennis positions.