July 14, 2010
Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl announced Wednesday that former Appalachian State University head coach Houston Fancher has joined the Volunteers program in a full-time capacity as director of video scouting.
Fancher's resume includes more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, with 12 as a head coach. His responsibilities as director of video scouting include oversight of all opponent scouting and recruiting data while assisting with on-campus recruiting.
"Houston and his family fit in so well in this community and as a part of the Tennessee basketball family," Pearl said. "He's had a lot of success as a former head coach, and he's got tremendous ties--both personally and professionally--to this area."
A native of Newport, Tenn., Fancher posted a 137-136 overall record at ASU. His tenure included Southern Conference North Division championships in 2003, 2007 and 2008.
He was named the 2003 SoCon Coach of the Year after winning the first of his three divisional crowns. Then in 2006-07, he was a mid-major national coach of the year finalist after leading Appalachian State to a school-record 25 wins, the San Juan Shootout championship--which included consecutive victories over Virginia, Central Florida and Vanderbilt--and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament.
In 2007-08, Fancher led the Mountaineers to a second consecutive division crown as well as another victory over a Southeastern Conference opponent--defeating Arkansas in North Little Rock. His triumphs over Vanderbilt and Arkansas represent Appalachian State's only wins over SEC opponents in the program's history.
Fancher recruited and coached more All-SoCon players than any other coach in Appalachian State history, and he also won more Southern Conference games than any other Mountaineers hoops coach. In total, 18 school records were set during Fancher's tenure, and he also produced 13 players who continued their careers as professionals overseas.
"Bruce Pearl has taken Tennessee basketball to unprecedented heights, and I am excited to be a part of his tremendous staff," Fancher said. "I feel that my experience will enable me to make significant contributions toward the continued success of the program. I feel fortunate for the opportunity to contribute in any way possible."
In addition to their success on the court, Fancher's squads also were presented with NCAA Public Recognition Awards in 2005-06 and 2006-07. The NCAA Public Recognition Awards honor programs that rank among the nation's top 10 percent in their sport in Academic Progress Rate scores. The ASU men's basketball program fell just hundredths of a percentage point shy of receiving the recognition for a third consecutive year in 2007-08.
Fancher began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Division III Maryville (Tenn.) College from 1988-92. He then compiled a 44-41 record as the head coach at North Greenville College from 1993-95 before taking a position as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt for the 1995-96 campaign.
From 1996-2000, Fancher worked as an assistant coach (1996-98) and associate head coach (1998-2000) at Appalachian State, and he was named that program's 14th head coach following the 1999-2000 season.
Fancher received his undergraduate degree in Physical education in 1988 from Middle Tennessee and later earned a master's degree in Educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.
He is married to the former Cathy Reagan of Jamestown, Tenn. The couple has two sons, Hayden and Ethan, and a 1-year-old daughter, Cameron.
"My family and I love being back in East Tennessee," Fancher said. "I grew up in Newport; my mother and two of my brothers are still there. And Cathy, who is from Jamestown, played basketball at Maryville College."
"We are back in the midst of family and friends. As lifelong card-carrying members of the Vol Nation, we feel honored to be official members of the Tennessee basketball family."