The high school football season is just days away, and one of the North Country's most iconic coaches is back at the school he calls home. Steve Fisher is the second all-time winningest coach in Section III history. And as YNN's Brian Dwyer reports, the school, the community, and the team could not be happier about his return.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- "If I say who wants to win a championship, you all raise your hand. My question to you is, are you willing to do what it takes," asked General Brown Head Coach Steve Fisher.
You know you're a legend when the field you coach on is named after you. Fisher spent 43 years at General Brown. His 252 wins are the second most in Section III history.
However, in 2010 he decided to take a break. One year later, he returned to the sidelines at a different high school. While at Alexandria, his team won only one game.
He spent last season at Thousand Island, but his team there won no games.
This season, Fisher is back with Lions. He said it feels like home.
"I taught school for 43 years. I was treated great. I tried to give it back," Fisher said of General Brown. "I made a lot of great close relationships with people both in and out of the school and in the community. I've coached a lot of second generation players and a few third generation."
"He's pretty much our staple," senior quarterback Matt Haley said. "He's the reason that we're here where we are right now. He's the reason why our program has been so good over the past three years. We've been a solid program and we hope to be that throughout."
Fisher said his time away from General Brown was definitely a learning experience.
"I learned how to be a better teacher of technique," Fisher said. "I learned to be a little more patient and learned about things from a different perspective."
That will all come in handy during this upcoming season, now that the Lions lost 18 seniors after last season.
"Every position is a real concern because you've got to go out and compete," Fisher said. "It only takes one play to beat you."
"Spending one year under him is more than I ever expected," senior Robbie Pickeral said. "I'm going to work as hard as I can and we're going to do the best we can do."
Win or lose, Fisher said he feels better physically than he has in years. His health will be a big factor in how long he is able to keep playing the sidelines.
General Brown opens its season on Saturday against Westmoreland.