Mary Fisher, coach and athletic director

In 1990 when Kent County High School was poised to defend its region championship in volleyball, the opposing coach, who also was the regional director, handed Mary Fisher the championship plaque ahead of the match.

That’s how highly regarded Mary and her programs were throughout a long and distinguished career.

She coached volleyball for 27 years and softball for 24 years. Her peers on the Mid-Shore selected her Coach of the Year in both sports, and more than once.

The Mary Fisher-coached 1989 volleyball team won the program’s first region title.

The Trojans successfully defended their crown the following year while fashioning a 14-3 record. Kent had the unfortunate draw of eventual state champion North Caroline in the Final Four.

Back in those days, the likes of North Caroline and Easton were in the same classification (based on enrollment) as Kent County. And qualifying for postseason was not automatic as it is now; only the top four teams advanced.

That helps to explain how exceptional Kent’s volleyball and softball teams were in the Fisher era.

Her 1991 softball team, for instance, was 12-0 in North Bayside Conference games and shared the conference title with South division champion Stephen Decatur.

KCHS finished 17-3 overall, losing to a familiar foe in North Caroline, 5-2, in the region final.

No one was surprised when Mary was named Coach of the Year, again.

Mary Gilbert Fisher was a homegrown talent, growing up in Coleman’s Corner and graduating from Garnet High School in 1964.

With a degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, she returned to Kent County in 1968.

She started her career at what was then Chestertown Middle School, teaching science and reading.

Three years later she moved to the newly built consolidated Kent County High School in Worton, where she was the first coach of the volleyball and softball programs and taught physical education.

In addition to coaching, Mary spent 16 years as the athletic director, from 1991 to 2007. During her tenure, KCHS added girls soccer, girls lacrosse, and  girls and boys swimming as varsity sports.

She was the first female president of the Bayside Conference (1999-2001), which is made up of all the public high schools on the Eastern Shore.

She was the District VII Athletic Director of the Year in 1997 and 2003. Also she was the Maryland Athletic Director of the Year for 2003-04.

Though now retired, Mary still is being acknowledged for her contributions to high school athletics. This spring she was presented the Founders Award from the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association.

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