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Originally published: 2014-04-08 16:09:26
Last modified: 2014-04-08 16:21:44

Fox officially hired to coach men's basketball at App State

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

For years, Appalachian State has competed against rival Davidson in men's basketball. On Tuesday, the App State athletic department hired away one of Davidson's coaches.

The Appalachian State board of trustees approved the contract for hiring of Jim Fox to be the school's new men's basketball coach. The vote was taken Tuesday afternoon via conference call.

He will be introduced during a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"I'm extremely grateful to Chancellor Dr. Ken Peacock, Chancellor-elect Dr. Sheri Noren Everts, the Board of Trustees and Charlie Cobb for the opportunity to lead the Appalachian State men's basketball program," Fox said in a news release. "In addition, I'd like to thank coach (Bob) McKillop and Davidson College, especially the players, for making this dream a reality. Over the past 13 years, I've been very fortunate to be a part of an institution with a rich academic and basketball tradition. I look forward to helping restore as well as build a program that achieves excellence in every regard."

"We're very excited to welcome coach Fox to the Appalachian family," Appalachian State athletic director Charlie Cobb said in a news release. "He is well-respected across the country and his winning pedigree speaks for itself. However, what really made him stand out in the search process is his commitment to building a winning men's basketball program at Appalachian State. App Nation wants a consistent winner in men's basketball and we believe that coach Fox is the right choice to not only win but do so with student-athletes that will represent Appalachian the right way on and off the court."

Fox, 40, takes over a program that went 9-21 last season under coach Jason Capel. His contract was not renewed after the Mountaineers were eliminated from the Southern Conference Tournament in March.

Fox has been an assistant coach at Davidson for 13 seasons. During that time, Davidson has compiled a record of 288-130 since 2001 when he was hired by the Wildcats. Davidson has won six Southern Conference Tournaments since 2003, including 2008 when the Wildcats were a game away from reaching the Final Four.

Davidson has also won 10 regular season championships in that time span.

The hire has been the latest of big events that has happened at the end of Peacock's tenure as chancellor. He will step down on June 30, and Noren takes over on July 1.

"There is a lot of change at Appalachian. That's for certain," Peacock said following the meeting. "We have a new chancellor coming. That is the right appointment and I'm excited about that. A new basketball coach has been hired and I'm excited about that person during the process of interviews. I think (Fox) will bring a lot of energy to Appalachian. I have seen him and he's excited about being a Mountaineer."

Fox is originally from Levittown, N.Y. He was the associate head coach at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, N.Y. from 1996-2001 before coming to Davidson. He was the head coach of the freshman team that went 55-1 during that time.

He is a graduate of State University of New York at Geneseo College with a degree in political science.