A graduate member of the Rhinelander High School Class of 1944 and a veteran of World War II. In 1953 he graduated from Yankton College in South Dakota with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. He also is a graduate of Northern Michigan where he earned his Master's Degree in Education.
For 28 years, Bill was a staff member with the Tomahawk School District where he served as coach and Athletic Director. Prior to coming to Tomahawk, he coached and taught at Birnamwood, Kiel and Chetek.
As Tomahawk's first Athletic Director, Bill Fischer helped to add wrestling, hockey, cross country, volleyball and softball to the school's interscholastic program. He helped start the track program and directed the building of the schools' track facilities.
Bill coached four Athletic programs for Tomahawk including football, track, volleyball and basketball. Of all the sports he coached, his greatest successes came in basketball where he was the Varsity coach for 12 years. Over this period of time, he was 80-40 in the conference which resulted in 3 Conference Championships, 2 Co- Championships, 4 second place finishes, and 2 third place finishes. During the 1962-63 season he coached the first Basketball Conference Championship in 35 years. Forty-one of his athletes were also recognized as All Conference selections.
In addition to numerous coaching and teaching awards, Bill Fischer received two special honors which came in 1985. Bill received the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award from the Tomahawk Jaycees for his outstanding contributions to the school and community and he also was named Athletic Director of the Year from the WIAA.