Former Appalachian State Coach Houston Fancher joins 49ers staff

Mark Price (left) added Houston Fancher to his coaching staff. (Photo courtesy of Charlotte
Mark Price (left) added Houston Fancher to his coaching staff. (Photo courtesy of Charlotte

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Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte 49ers head men’s basketball coach Mark Price has announced the hiring of former Appalachian State head coach Houston Fancher as an assistant coach. Fancher has 12 years’ experience as a college head coach including nine years as Appalachian State’s head coach.

“I am extremely excited about Houston Fancher joining the coaching staff,” Price said. “Houston’s experience as a head coach will be invaluable as I begin my tenure at Charlotte. Houston has developed tremendous relationships in the North Carolina from his time at Appalachian State. His leadership and character fit perfectly with the kind of coaches that I want on the staff.”

Fancher brings more than 26 years of collegiate coaching experience to the 49ers coaching staff, including 12 seasons as a head coach at North Greenville College (three years) and Appalachian State (nine years).

“I am honored to be a member of Coach Price’s initial staff at Charlotte,” Fancher said. “The opportunity and the resources to be successful here, in addition to Coach Price’s leadership should position us for great things in the near future. I can’t wait to begin.”

Fancher won 181 games in his 12 years as a head coach at North Greenville and at Appalachian State. During his time at Appalachian State, the Mountaineers captured Southern Conference North Division championships in 2003, 2007 and 2008. He earned Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2003. In 2007, he was a finalist for the mid-major national coach of the year award after guiding Appalachian State to a school-record 25 wins, the San Juan Shootout title and a berth in the NIT.

After leaving Appalachian State in 2009, he joined the staff at the University of Tennessee. He worked with head coaches Bruce Pearl and Cuonzo Martin. He was Martin’s Director of Basketball Operations from 2011-13. He spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach under Buzz Peterson at UNC Wilmington.

Fancher began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Division III Maryville (Tenn.) College from 1988-92. He then took over as head coach at North Greenville from 1993-95 before taking a position as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt for the 1995-96 season.

From 1996-2000, Fancher worked as an assistant coach (1996-98) and associate head coach (1998-2000) at Appalachian State.

A native of Newport, Tennessee, he earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Education in 1988 from Middle Tennessee and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 1990.

Fancher and his wife, Cathy, have two sons, Hayden and Ethan and a daughter Cameron.

“I am beyond excited to be back in the great state of North Carolina,” Fancher said.

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