Joel Justus has been promoted to special assistant to the head coach and Will Barton to director of basketball administration for the University of Kentucky, Coach John Calipari announced Wednesday.
Justus served as the director of analytics during UK's historic 38-1 season. He was responsible for analyzing player and team performance, and using statistics and data to help develop efficient strategies through video.
In his new role, Justus will continue to use analytics and evaluate the team through practice, film and meetings to provide feedback to Calipari and the staff outside of practice and competition. Justus also will scout opponents, provide strategies to help advance the program and assist with special projects assigned by the head coach.
"Joel came in and did an outstanding job with our analytics last season," Calipari said in a UK news release. "He showed a tremendous desire to get more involved and to help where needed. He became a valuable member of our staff, and we are excited to give him even more responsibilities."
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Justus came to UK after serving as the head coach at Davidson (N.C.) Day High School in Davidson, N.C. Justus previously spent time as a college assistant at Elon.
"My first season in Lexington was an unbelievable experience," Justus said.
Barton served as a team manager from 2010-14 and assistant director of operations during 2014-15. His new responsibilities will include assisting the associate athletic director for basketball operations with the day-to-day operations of the team, including budgetary matters, academics, travel, meals, ticketing and team managers. He also will assist with the direction, planning, organization and execution of men's basketball camps and clinics, supervising student camp workers, hiring and supervising camp counselors and speakers, and coordinating all mass mailings for camps.
"He's one of those people who gets things done and has been so valuable to our day-to-day operations," Calipari said.
During his tenure as a manager, Barton completed his bachelor's degree from Kentucky in business administration marketing and recently added a master's degree in sports leadership.
"These last six years have not only been a learning experience for me but a rewarding one," Barton said. "It's been an unbelievable ride, and I'm grateful to expand my role in what I believe is the best staff in the country."