L.J. Hepp begins his first season on the Gamecock staff as the director of basketball operations. Hepp came to Columbia after a successful stint as the head basketball coach at Panther Creek High School in Cary, N.C. A 2001 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Hepp served as a graduate assistant at UNC for two years under former head coach Matt Doherty. Following his time at UNC, Hepp served as the video coordinator at Stanford University for Mike Montgomery for one season before being promoted to an assistant coach under then-Stanford head coach Trent Johnson. The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both 2004 and 2005. The 2004 team finished the season with a 30-2 record, won the Pac-10 regular season and tournament championships, and finished the regular season with a No. 1 national ranking.
During his time at Panther Creek High School, Hepp was named the 2009 Tri-8 Conference Coach of the Year and North Carolina District 5 Coach of the Year. After winning just four games in his first season, the Panther Creek program finished its third season (2008-09) under Hepp with a 28-3 record while holding the No. 1 ranking in the state's 4A poll for the majority of the year.
Hepp played two seasons of junior varsity basketball during his college career at UNC where he earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and then a master's degree in Sport Administration. He and his wife Sondra, a middle school math teacher, have a dog, Mia.