Sept. 30, 2004
BEAUMONT - Charlie Fenske, who has over thirty years of collegiate coaching experience, has joined the Lamar Cardinals basketball program as an assistant coach, announced head coach Billy Tubbs.
"Charlie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having worked at major programs like Oklahoma State, TCU and Arkansas State," said Tubbs. "We were fortunate to find him. He has a solid basketball background in all phases of the game and will be a tremendous asset in our skill workouts and off-season program."
Fenske comes to Lamar after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach at Arkansas State from 1996-03. During his tenure, the Indians won two Sun Belt Conference championships and made the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
Prior to Arkansas State, Fenske was the head coach of Athletes in Action for the 1994 season. In posting a 10-6 record, the team shot 50 percent from the field while limiting opponents to just 41 percent shooting.
Fenske served as the head coach at Union College in Barbourville, Ky., from 1989-94. After inheriting a program that had back-to-back losing seasons, he guided Union to three consecutive 20-win seasons and an overall winning percentage of 68 percent. Union was nationally ranked in 1992-94 and posted the school's second highest NAIA District 32 finish in over 20 years.
Prior to Union, Fenske served as an assistant coach at TCU from 1979-89. He was responsible for the development and implementation of a recruiting program that produced back-to-back Southwest Conference championships. The Horned Frogs made NCAA Tournament and NIT appearances during his tenure.
In addition, Fenske was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State from 1977-79 and started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Idaho State from 1974-77, where he also served as the freshman coach and tennis coach.
"This is quite an honor and I feel very fortunate to be able to work for Coach Tubbs, who has an incredible coaching record," Fenske said. "He's very impressive and is a coach's coach. To see first hand his philosophies and how he handles his program will be a wonderful learning experience."
Fenske received a bachelor of science degree from Wisconsin-Stout and a master of athletic administration from Idaho State.