Jim Fox hired to coach ASU men’s basketball
Appalachian State hired Jim Fox to be the new men’s basketball coach Tuesday after the board of trustees approved his contract.
Fox, 40, was an assistant coach at Davidson for 13 years. He was the associate head coach in his last three seasons under Bob McKillop.
Fox takes over for Jason Capel, whose contract was not renewed in March. Capel’s teams were 53-70 in his four seasons as head coach.
Fox said it was important that the Mountaineers’ fan base help him revitalize the Mountaineers’ program, which has not been to the NCAA tournament since 2000, and has been to just two postseason tournaments since 2007.
“You want that fan base to be there,” Fox said. “They may not be energized because of the past, but there’s an opportunity to energize them. That’s what appeals to me.”
Fox, who started his coaching career at Davidson as a volunteer for three weeks before being promoted to being a paid assistant, has helped the Wildcats win 10 Southern Conference regular season championships and six SoCon tournament titles.
Davidson, behind the sharpshooting of Stephen Curry, reached the final eight before losing to Kansas in 2009.
Fox met with the players on Tuesday and even put them through a workout. He also wants to meet with recruits Kendrick Flomo and Rasheed Worrell, who both have asked to be released from their letters of intent to play at App State.
Both were recruited by Capel.
“There’s such a fine line from being good and being great,” Fox said. “We’re not that far off. We have to change some things. We have to do some things differently. We have to change the culture and they want to do it. I have to get them to be committed to change the program.”
Fox also met with fans in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon.