December 18th, 2012

Hyland's Heroes: Brian Fichter

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Brian Fichter
Brian Fichter with his 4th grade team at St. Margaret Mary / photo from Brian Fichter

Fichter and wife involved with SMMS athletics

The following feature is a part of a weekly series, sponsored by Hyland, Block & Hyland. "Hyland's Heroes" is a series of profiles that spotlight Louisville area Catholic volunteers, coaches and administrators who assist athletic programs and teams, and help promote excellence in all aspects of sports. Know someone that you think should be featured as the next "Hyland's Hero”? Send your recommendation to

Brian Fichter wears more than one hat at St. Margaret Mary School but his most important role right now is coaching the 4th grade number one girls’ basketball team. Teaching the little gals fundamentals might come easy since Brian played college basketball at Bellarmine University a “few years” back and this is not his first venture into coaching. Sports, throughout the seasons, appeal to Brian and his family.

Having grown up in Princeton, Indiana, where he attended St. Joseph’s Elementary and Princeton Community HS, Brian enjoyed playing basketball, football and running cross country. He met his wife Mary while they were in college and now they are parents to Nathan, Natalie, Nicole and Noah. With their children’s ages ranging from a sophomore in high school to first grade, the household has to be hopping with sports activities since all of the kids enjoy various sports throughout the year.

When and how did you get your start with the CSAA? Why so?  

When I was at Bellarmine I helped coach a basketball team at St. James School and I got interested then.  When my oldest son was in third grade I really became involved with coaching and with the athletic association at St. Margaret Mary.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved? 

At St. Margaret Mary – they discovered the fact that my wife and I were very involved in athletics and Mark Crush encouraged our participation there.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

I have coached basketball every year since 2005 and have also coached baseball and helped coach volleyball, softball and football.

What's the connection with your faith and giving your time to these young student athletes? 

Over the years I have had contact with the kids I have coached and it is a joy to see how they have grown and matured. To pass along what I have learned over the years about my faith and how to represent yourself and your school is always enjoyable. 

Who was the most influential person on your coaching career? Why?

My coach at Bellarmine, Joe Reibel, gave me the opportunity to play basketball in college and to get my education there. He had a great influence on me. And my wife Mary is always encouraging me to be involved.

What are your major themes/principles as a coach?  

As a basketball coach I have always tried to keep things simple and preach fundamentals.

What does coaching bring to you, your family?

Coaching brings our family closer together. It lets me be involved in not only my kids’ growth in sports but in the parish and in our faith as well.

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of coaching? 

I have had wonderful experiences coaching all of my kids but the fondest memory would have to be winning the City Championship in basketball when Nathan was in 7th grade.


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