|Charlotte 49ers dump basketball coach Mark Price after 72 games|
|Program turns to Houston Fancher on interim basis|
|Published Thursday, December 14, 2017 5:03 pm|
Mark Price is out of a job with the Charlotte 49ers.
Price, who joined the 49ers from the NBA Charlotte Hornets where he was an assistant coach, was fired Thursday, nine games (3-6) into his third season with the basketball program and a 30-42 overall record. Assistant coach Houston Fancher, who has 12 years of experience as a head coach, was named interim coach. Chancellor Philip Dubois and Athletics Director Judy Rose announced the decision is effective immediately.
“Mark and [his wife] Laura have dedicated time and energy to strengthen our men’s basketball program,” Dubois said in a statement. “It’s always difficult to part ways with such very fine people.”
“We appreciate all that coach Price has done for our program,” said Rose. “His background and knowledge were assets to our young players and we appreciate him sharing his talents with our team. This was a difficult decision, especially as we make plans to open conference play, but we do feel it is in the best interest of our basketball program.”
Price, who replaced Alan Major in 2015, went 14-19 in his first campaign and 9-9 in Conference USA. Last year, Charlotte went 13-17, 7-11 in league games. The 49ers haven’t played a conference game this season.
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