Justin Phelps is in his second year as Tennessee's Director of Basketball Operations. This is his fourth year occupying that role on head coach Donnie Tyndall's staff, as the pair worked closely together at Southern Miss from 2012-14.
Phelps oversees all day-to-day operations within the basketball office, coordinates game scheduling, serves as a liaison to several branches of the university and athletic department and also administers the program's summer basketball camps.
"Justin is one of the most detail-oriented and organized people I've ever been around," Tyndall said. "His organizational skills and ability to think outside the box in areas such as social media and marketing will only help us to grow our program."
In his first year at Tennessee, Phelps oversaw the establishment of the 501(c)(3) Tyndall #Family Foundation and coordinated several community outreach projects for Tyndall and the team. On the court, UT's 2014-15 strength of schedule was rated 12th nationally according to ESPN.com’s Basketball Power Index (BPI).
With Phelps directing administrative aspects of the Southern Miss program for two seasons, the Golden Eagles posted a stellar 56-17 overall record, won a school-record 29 games while going undefeated at home (15-0) in 2013-14, claimed a share of the 2014 regular-season Conference USA Championship and turned in a 2014 year-end RPI of 29.
Phelps spent the 2011-12 season as director of operations on coach Darrin Horn's staff at South Carolina. While with the Gamecocks, Phelps was responsible for all of the business operations of the program as well as serving as an academic liaison. During that time, the program posted record academic achievements and a perfect APR score.
In 2010, Phelps served as the founder and director of the All-American Junior College Showcase in Las Vegas, Nev. The event was attended by more than 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 involved with all facets of youth sports leagues across Nevada, California, Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico, Texas and Oregon.
Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Phelps spent four years on the hardwood at Kent State working under coaches such as Jim Christian (now head coach at Boston College), Geno Ford (now head coach at Bradley), Robert Murphy (now head coach at Eastern Michigan) and Rob Senderoff (now head coach at Kent State).
During Phelps' time at Kent State, the Golden Flashes won at least 20 games each year and made four postseason appearances, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2006. The Flashes also had an 89-40 overall record and won three Mid-American Conference Championships.
Antonio Gates, who is now a Pro Bowl tight end for the NFL's San Diego Chargers, also starred on the hardwood at Kent State during that time. The Flashes also became one of only six programs in the nation during that span to record 10 consecutive seasons of 20 or more victories, joining Creighton, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga and Kansas.
A 2001 graduate of Amelia High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, Phelps earned his degree from Kent State in 2006.
He is married to the former Lisa DiPietro of Steubenville, Ohio.