Justin Phelps, a 2006 graduate of Kent State University, was named director of basketball operations for South Carolina men's basketball in May 2011.
Phelps moves to South Carolina after most recently serving as the founder and director of the All-American Junior College Showcase in Las Vegas, Nev., since January 2010. Phelps created the July event, which was attended by over 200 NCAA Division I coaching staffs. While in Las Vegas, he also served as the vice president of marketing and expansion for National Youth Sports, an organization that helped with all facets of youth sports leagues across Nevada, California, Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico, Texas and Oregon.
While at Kent State, Phelps assisted the University's men's basketball staff with several duties, including team travel, film exchange, mailings, organizing the student staff members, both in the office and on game day, and also with summer camps. The Golden Flashes advanced to the NIT twice (2003, 2004) and the NCAA Tournament (2006) during his time with the team.
Phelps is married to Lisa, a fellow Kent State alum.