Houston Fancher

Houston Fancher (born February 17, 1966) is an American basketball coach, previously the interim head coach of the Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team. Prior to that, he worked for four years at Tennessee, and the last two as the Director of Basketball Operations. From 2000 to 2009, he was the men's head basketball coach of the Mountaineers at Appalachian State University. His first two seasons saw his team go 11–20, and 10–18, respectively. The following season, 2002–03, his team went 19–10, and Fancher was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year. In the 2006–07 season, his squad won a school record 25 games, but failed to make the NCAA Tournament, instead garnering Appalachian's first National Invitation Tournament (NIT) berth instead. On March 16, 2009, Fancher resigned as head coach following a disappointing 2008–09 season.[1]

Houston Fancher
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Biographical details
Born (1966-02-17) February 17, 1966 (age 56)
Newport, Tennessee
Playing career
1985–1988Middle Tennessee
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1992Maryville (assistant)
1992–1995North Greenville
1995–1996Vanderbilt (asst.)
1996–2000Appalachian State (asst.)
2000–2009Appalachian State
2009–2013Tennessee (asst.)
2013–2014UNC Wilmington (asst.)
2015–2017Charlotte (asst.)
2017–2018Charlotte (Interim HC)
2018–presentNC State (DBO)
Head coaching record
Overall184–177 (.510)
Accomplishments and honors
SoCon regular season champion (2003, 2007, 2008)
SoCon Coach of the Year (2003)

On April 2, 2015, Fancher was named assistant coach on the staff of new Charlotte 49ers head coach Mark Price.[2] He was elevated to interim head coach after Price's sudden firing on December 14, 2017.[3]

On March 6, 2018, following a 3–17 record, Fancher was notified by incoming athletics director Mike Hill that he would not be retained through the 2018–19 season and that a nationwide search for a permanent men's basketball coach would begin immediately.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
North Greenville Crusaders (Division II Independent) (1992–1995)
1992–93 North Greenville 14–14
1993–94 North Greenville 15–13
1994–95 North Greenville 15–14
North Greenville: 44–41 (.518)
Appalachian State Mountaineers (Southern Conference) (2000–2009)
2000–01 Appalachian State 11–20 7–9 T–3rd (North)
2001–02 Appalachian State 10–18 5–11 T–3rd (North)
2002–03 Appalachian State 19–10 11–5 T–1st (North)
2003–04 Appalachian State 9–21 4–12 6th (North)
2004–05 Appalachian State 18–12 9–7 T–2nd (North)
2005–06 Appalachian State 14–16 6–8 4th (North)
2006–07 Appalachian State 25–8 15–3 1st (North) NIT 1st Round
2007–08 Appalachian State 18–13 13–7 T–1st (North)
2008–09 Appalachian State 13–18 9–11 T–2nd (North)
Appalachian State: 137–136 (.502) 79–73 (.520)
Charlotte 49ers (Conference USA) (2017–2018)
2017–18 Charlotte 3–17[n 1] 2–16 14th
Charlotte: 3–17 (.150) 2–16 (.111)
Total: 184–177 (.510)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Interim head coach, taking over for Mark Price who was fired on December 14, 2017.


  1. ^ Appalachian Sports Information (2009-03-16). "Fancher Resigns as ASU Men's Basketball Head Coach". GoASU. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
  2. ^ Charlotte Sports Information (2015-04-02). "Former Appalachian State Coach Houston Fancher Joins Men's Hoops Staff". Charlotte49ers.com. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
  3. ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/college/article189735574.html[bare URL]
  4. ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/college/article203822029.html[bare URL]

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