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San Diego State assistant Mark Fisher diagnosed with ALS

NCAA Basketball Tournament - North Carolina State v San Diego State

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 16: Head coach Steve Fisher of the San Diego State Aztecs reacts during the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 16, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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San Diego State is restructuring it’s men’s basketball staff in light of the awful recent news that assistant coach Mark Fisher -- the son of head coach Steve Fisher -- has been diagnosed with ALS.

The 34-year-old Mark Fisher has been with the Aztecs for 12 seasons -- the last six as an assistant coach -- and he’ll be remaining with his father’s staff as an assistant to the head coach according to a release from the school.

Filling Fisher’s assistant coach spot will be David Velasquez, who has served as San Diego State’s director of player development the past six seasons after spending time as a manager for the Aztecs from 2002 through 2007.

This is certainly some very sad news heading into the new season and we wish the Fisher family the best during this difficult time.

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