Kentucky basketball hires director of analytics, conditioning coach

August 28, 2014 

The University of Kentucky men's basketball team added two members to its support staff on Thursday, including creating a new position for a director of analytics.

Joel Justus, a high school coach from North Carolina, was named to the analytics position.

Justus' main responsibilities will include analyzing player and team performance, and using various statistics and data to help develop efficient strategies through video, UK said in its news release.

Robert Harris joins the program as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. He came to UK after serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for football at Arkansas.

Justus comes to UK after serving as the head coach at Davidson Day High School in Davidson, N.C., since 2012. In both years, he guided the team to the Elite Eight in the state tournament.

Justus, who played collegiately at UNC-Wilmington, was previously a high school coach in Virginia.

Before that, Justus was an assistant coach at Elon University from 2004-08.

Harris, who has degrees from Kentucky State and Eastern Kentucky, worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals for three years before his time at Arkansas.

Harris began his career as an intern with UK's football strength and conditioning program in 2009.

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