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BOONE, N.C. — Jim Fox, the associate head coach at Davidson, is close to becoming Appalachian State’s new men’s basketball coach.

A person with knowledge of the hiring process said Sunday afternoon that a contract is in place and that the remaining steps needed are signatures and approval by Appalachian State’s board of trustees, which could come Monday.

The person is not authorized to discuss the search publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Appalachian State has been seeking a replacement for Jason Capel, whose contract was not extended after four seasons. Capel had a 53-70 record as the head coach, and the Mountaineers were 9-21 this past season.

Fox has spent the past 13 seasons at Davidson as an assistant to Bob McKillop, including the last two seasons as associate head coach.

The Wildcats have a combined record of 288-130 and have won six Southern Conference titles during Fox’s time on staff.

Before joining Davidson in 2001, Fox, a native of Levittown, N.Y., and graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo, was the associate head coach at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, N.Y., for five seasons.