Following an underwhelming season in college hoops, Appalachian State will undergo changes to its coaching staff. After spending five seasons with the Mountaineers, Jim Fox is no longer the head coach.
Appalachian State saw its season end in the Sun Belt Tournament against Louisiana-Monroe. Overall, the Mountaineers had just six wins in conference play.
Clearly the program wants to elevate its status in the NCAA, which is why it scheduled non-conference showdowns with Alabama, Wichita State, and Purdue. However, the lack of progression over the past few years calls for changes.
Once the dust settled from the 2018 season, the Mountaineers went with the decision to part ways with Fox, per college basketball insider Jon Rothstein.
Last year Appalachian State actually gave Fox a two-year extension, but the disappointing results from this season forced the athletic department to take action.
Fox finishes his tenure at Appalachian State with a 54-96 record.
Sources: Appalachian State has parted ways with Jim Fox.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 15, 2019
The Mountaineers saw potential in Fox during his time on Davidson’s coaching staff. Now, they’ll have to find another coach to bring them back to prominence.
It’ll be interesting to see if Appalachian State goes with an in-house candidate for its job opening or if it searches the market for an assistant coach.