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Mark Price working quickly to fill Charlotte 49ers’ coaching staff

Houston Fancher coached Appalachian State from 2000 to 2009 and compiled a record of 137-136. The Mountaineers won three Southern Conference Northern Division championships under Fancher.
Houston Fancher coached Appalachian State from 2000 to 2009 and compiled a record of 137-136. The Mountaineers won three Southern Conference Northern Division championships under Fancher. 2007 AP FILE PHOTO

New Charlotte 49ers basketball coach Mark Price is moving quickly to hire his staff of assistants.

The Observer has learned the 49ers are in negotiations with former Appalachian State head coach Houston Fancher to be Price’s lead assistant.

A source also said Oklahoma State assistant Chris Ferguson has agreed to join the 49ers.

Fancher coached the Mountaineers from 2000-2009 and had a record of 137-136, leading the Mountaineers to three Southern Conference Northern Division championships. The Mountaineers won 25 games in 2006-07, a school record. After resigning in 2009, Fancher went to Tennessee to be the Volunteers’ director of basketball operations, before rejoining Buzz Peterson (for whom he was an assistant at Appalachian for four seasons) at UNC Wilmington in 2013, before the staff was fired after two seasons.

Ferguson, a native of Hendersonville, has been at Oklahoma State since 2007 and would likely serve as Charlotte’s recruiting coordinator. Before his stint with the Cowboys, Ferguson was an assistant at East Carolina and Tennessee. Prior to that, Ferguson worked at UNC Asheville and Appalachian State. His first coaching job was as an assistant at Morganton Freedom High.

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