RALEIGH – NC State women's basketball head coach Wes Moore announced Friday the addition of Houston Fancher to his coaching staff as the Director of Operations and Player Development. Fancher joins the Wolfpack after spending the past three seasons on the coaching staff of the Charlotte 49ers men's basketball program.


"It's great to add someone with the basketball background of a Houston Fancher," NC State head coach Wes Moore said. "With over 30 years of college basketball coaching experience including nine years as a Division I head coach, he will bring a wealth of knowledge to our staff. I can't wait to get started as we look to build on the momentum our program has generated over the past few years."

Fancher most recently served as the interim head coach of the Charlotte men's basketball program from December 2017 through the remainder of the 2017-18 season. He was a member of the Charlotte 49ers coaching staff for a total of three seasons. Prior to joining the Charlotte staff, he had 12 years of experience as a college head coach including nine seasons as the head coach of the Appalachian State University men's program.

While leading the Mountaineers, his teams won Southern Conference North Division championships in 2003, 2007, and 2008. He was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2003. In 2007, he was a finalist for the mid-major national coach of the year award after guiding Appalachian State to 25 wins (school record), the San Juan Shootout title, and a berth in the NIT.

Fancher worked on coaching staffs at the University of Tennessee (2009-13) and at UNC Wilmington (2013-14). He 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 1992-95 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, Tennesee, Fancher earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Education in 1998 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). Cathy played college basketball at Maryville College when Moore was the program's head coach. Houston and Cathy's son Hayden will be a freshman student at NC State in the fall of 2018.