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SDSU Assistant Mark Fisher diagnosed with ALS

Aztec head basketball coach Steve Fisher makes changes to the coaching staff with the announcement that his son Mark Fisher has been diagnosed with ALS.

Kent Horner

SDSU Aztec assistant basketball coach Mark Fisher has been diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Mark is the son of Aztecs head coach Steve Fisher and has been a member of SDSU's staff for 12 years, the last seven as assistant coach. Mark now faces his biggest challenge to live with the disease.

Tonight Steve Fisher announced changes to his immediate staff. Mark will stay on as an Assistant Coach, but former director of player development David Velasquez has been named assistant coach. Tim Shelton has been hired to take over as director of player of development.

Shelton, who is set to begin his seventh year with the Aztecs, played five seasons and helped lead the Aztecs to reach the postseason in all five campaigns, including three consecutive NCAA tournament berths.

The power forward averaged 5.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in his career and was a member of the record-setting 2010-11 squad that captured the Mountain West regular-season and tournament championships, won the school's first Division I NCAA tournament game, advanced to the Sweet 16 and finished with a record of 34-3. Shelton earned his bachelor's degree in history from San Diego State in May 2011 and finished his master's degree coursework in educational leadership in the spring of 2013.