Charlotte removes interim tag from basketball coach Aaron Fearne

FILE - Charlotte head coach Aaron Fearne applauds the fans after Charlotte defeated Florida Atlantic in an NCAA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024. The Charlotte 49ers removed the interim tag from basketball coach Aaron Fearne on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte 49ers removed the interim tag from basketball coach Aaron Fearne on Monday.

He had been serving as the interim coach since June 2023.

The 49ers are 15-8 overall and 9-2 in their first season in the American Athletic Conference. Their record includes a win over nationally ranked Florida Atlantic. The 49ers allow their opponents the 24th fewest points in the nation.

Fearne is the 14th full-time coach in the program’s history.

“From the moment he took over the basketball program last summer, Aaron Fearne has demonstrated that he is the right man for this job,” Charlotte athletic director Mike Hill said in a news release. “In our first year in the AAC, he has our team competing for a league championship and has completely re-energized our fan base. The players believe in him and so do we. This is a great day for Niner Nation.”

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