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Joel Justus’ name mentioned for UNC Wilmington opening

UNC Wilmington is looking for a new head coach, and according to one report, Joel Justus is in the running. is reporting that the Kentucky assistant coach is being considered for the job at his alma mater.

The name gaining steam at UNC Wilmington right now is Kentucky assistant Joel Justis. The UNCW alum has been on Coach Cal’s staff since 2014, and also served as the head coach at Davidson Day School in North Carolina.

Justus graduated from UNC Wilmington in 2004 after helping lead the Seahawks to two Colonial Athletic Association titles and three postseason appearances (NIT in 2001, NCAA in 2002 and 2003). From there, he served as an assistant at Elon, the head coach at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, and the head coach at Davidson Day in North Carolina. He joined Kentucky’s staff in 2014 as the director of analytics and was promoted to special assistant to the head coach in 2015 and assistant coach in 2016.

Since then, Justus has become one of Kentucky’s lead recruiters, bringing in players like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Ashton Hagans, Devin Askew, and BJ Boston. He also had James Wiseman essentially locked down until Penny Hardaway got the job at Memphis and is the lead recruiter on future targets like Skyy Clark and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield.

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5 Comments for Joel Justus’ name mentioned for UNC Wilmington opening

  1. Wade
    11:28 am March 11, 2020 Permalink

    He needs to stay here he’s about to have a a bigger role and paycheck soon I believe but it’s his alma mater so hard to beat that, unless your at Kentucky .

  2. trumpetguy
    1:39 pm March 11, 2020 Permalink

    Two age old questions: Is it better to be an assistant at a UK/Duke/KU, etc., or a head coach at a mid major? Secondly, who are the names of potential coaches in line to replace JJ should he decide to leave? A well known respected recruiter, OR, perhaps a former UK player but with little experience on the recruiting circuit?

  3. Catcasey1
    1:47 pm March 11, 2020 Permalink


  4. RealCatsFan
    2:31 pm March 11, 2020 Permalink

    Yes, Please!