Former track standout to head Sterling program
Natasha Fisher is excited to be in Baytown.
That’s because she is back on the track as she has been named the new head girls track and field coach for Ross S. Sterling High School.
Fisher replaces Ronald McDowell as the team’s head coach. McDowell moved over to lead the boys program while Ronnie Whigham left that post to coach at Galena Park.
Fisher, who planned a 10 a.m. today ‘Meet the Coach event at Sterling’s weight room, is back in charge of a program after she set sat out the 2019 season to focus on raising her child.
She comes to Sterling from Fort Bend Hightower who she led from 2013-2018 and wrapped things up with a fourth-place finish at the Class 6A state finals in her final season there.
“I had a baby in 2017 and so I took a year off after that,” Fisher said. “I was like ‘I need a break.’ This is my calling: I love track and field and I’ve been doing it my whole life. I love giving back to the community.”
The hiring comes at an odd time of the year – June – but Fisher is grateful for the opportunity even if it wasn’t the original Sterling program she envisioned taking over.
“It was all God’s plan,” she said. “When I stepped away from Hightower, I just wanted to get my stuff together. Then this opened up. I was actually trying to get to Houston Sterling because I went there then I ended up at Baytown Sterling.
“I looked at the potential of the athletes at Sterling and I have faith in my coaching abilities. I love a challenge and I am a firm believer that no matter what school I go to I am going to produce an athlete.”
Fisher coached a top 4x400 team nationally in 2016 and elite discus throwers and hurlers.
Before starting her coaching career at Hightower, Fisher – formerly Natasha Coleman before marriage – ran at the US Olympic Trials in 2008 and 2012 and ran professionally overseas.
Now she will attempt to translate her expertise to the Lady Rangers.
Fisher believes in discipline and what it can reward an athlete with if they put in the work.
“If you do everything you are supposed to do and take care of yourself on and off the track, you will be successful,” Fisher said. “I am a firm believer in education and grades come first. I am going to do whatever it takes to get my athletes where they want to be.”
Fisher will teach health classes at Sterling.