NAME: Ian Douglas Fisher DOB: March 31, 1976, Bradford ROLE: Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach
Fisher returned to Yorkshire ahead of the 2014 season as one of two new strength and conditioning coaches, with his focus on the first team.
A left-arm spinner in his playing days, Fisher played for three counties – Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire – before opting for a backroom role.
Immediately after finishing his playing career, he earned a degree in Sports Performance at Leeds Metropolitan University.
He arrived at Emerald Headingley from Essex and has since worked with the England Performance Programme in the winter around his county commitments.
He made his first-class debut on a Yorkshire pre-season tour of Zimbabwe in 1996, taking five wickets against Mashonaland.
After three years of second-team cricket for the White Rose between 1993 and 1995, he debuted in first-class cricket against a home team including Zimbabwe internationals Grant Flower, Alastair Campbell and Pommie Mbangwa.
He made his List A and Championship debuts in 1997, moved to Gloucester ahead of 2002 and finished his career with one season at Worcestershire in 2009.
In 1999, Fisher’s maiden Championship five-for came in his fourth appearance at Chelmsford in May. He claimed 5-73 from 25 second-innings overs in a 174-run victory.
Fisher remained a regular in limited overs cricket for Yorkshire in 2000 and 2001, but he could not break into the Championship team on a regular basis due mainly to the emergence of off-spinner Richard Dawson, who ironically also joined the Yorkshire backroom staff ahead of 2014.
Having opted to move to Gloucestershire in 2002, he scored his maiden first-class century in a narrow Championship defeat to Essex.
Fisher claimed three successive Championship five-fors against Derbyshire and Durham as his new county won promotion to Division One the following year.
Having helped Gloucester win the Pro40 Division Two title in 2006, he was part of their team which reached the Twenty20 Cup final in 2007.
After moving to Worcestershire in 2009, his final first-class appearance proved to be the opening match of the season against Oxford UCCE in early April before featuring heavily in limited overs cricket.
He took 3-18 on his final appearance against Sussex, a Pro40 win at New Road in September, before retirement.
Fisher earned a BSC Honours degree in Sports Performance and worked as a self employed strength and conditioning coach between 2009 and 2011.
He worked at Essex between March 2012 and September 2013 before returning to Yorkshire ahead of the first of their two Championship title-winning seasons.