The Rare Disease Champion Award
is given annually to a leader in college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community.
University: Florida State University
Vitals: Head football coach at Florida State since 2010, was offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at FSU for three years prior to replacing the legendary Bobby Bowden as head coach.
Rare Disease Connection: In 2010 Fisher’s youngest son Ethan was diagnosed with the rare disease Fanconi anemia, a rare but serious blood disease. Fisher, along with his wife Candi, started a national foundation called Kidz1stFund. The proceeds from the Fisher’s foundation go directly to the fight against Fanconi anemia.
Quick Hits: The Florida State job is Fisher’s first as a head coach. In this his fourth season he’s guided the Seminoles to the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. As the FSU head coach, Fisher is 44-10 overall. … Prior to become the head coach at FSU, Fisher spent three seasons as the Seminoles’ offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. … Before landing in Tallahassee, Fisher served as the offensive coordinator and/or quarterback coach at Auburn, Cincinnati and LSU from 1993-2006.