Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Fisher attended North View Junior High School and Liberty High School before going to Salem College (now Salem International University) in Salem, West Virginia where he played quarterback under head coach Terry Bowden from 1985–1986. When Bowden left for Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Fisher transferred with him to play his final season for the Bulldogs where he was named Division III National Player of the Year. The greatest influences in Fisher’s life have been his parents, John James and Gloria Fisher. His late father, a coal miner and farmer who demanded accountability from sons Jimbo and Bryan, helped them understand the value of hard work from an early age. Those lessons extended beyond the family farm and home and onto the fields and courts as a promising young football, basketball and baseball player. Fisher and his wife Candi have two sons, Trey and Ethan.
Fisher played one season in the Arena Football League in 1988 for the Chicago Bruisers. He then went on to join Terry Bowden’s staff at Samford as a graduate assistant and eventually the offensive coordinator. He moved on to Auburn University from 1993-1998. Following one season at Cincinnati he moved on to LSU from 2000-2006 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was a finalist for the 2001 Frank Broyles Award, presented to the nation’s top assistant coach. Fisher has had three of his quarterbacks taken in the first round of the NFL draft; JaMarcus Russell, Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel. Following his stay in Baton Rouge he accepted the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach job at Florida State University.
After guiding the Seminoles offensive for three seasons he took over as head coach prior to the 2010 season. He led the `Noles to a 10-4 mark in 2010 – the most wins by a first-year coach in FSU history – and the first of three ACC Atlantic Division titles. He followed with a 9-4 season in 2011 and improved to 12-2 in year three before the perfect 14-0 and National Championship winning 2013 campaign.
The Seminoles became the sixth team ever to win 14 games and the first ACC team ever to accomplish the feat. Fisher was named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year for Region 1 in 2013 and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and the Bobby Bowden Coach of the Year awards.