Former North Carolina State assistant coach Mark Phelps joined Herb Sendek's staff in Tempe after more than a decade in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He will enter his 19th year in coaching and his 12th on the collegiate level in 2007-08 after a highly successful high school coaching career.
Phelps was part of Sendek's staff that went 53-39 (.576) in ACC regular season and tournament play in their final five season in Raleigh, tied for the second most wins in the ACC from 2001-2002 through the 2005-2006 season.
Phelps, who had been a member of the Wolfpack staff for a decade after enjoying tremendous success in the high school ranks, added a new list of responsibilities last year as he also was NC State's Director of Scouting and Recruiting Coordinator. The 1996 Old Dominion graduate had spent the previous six seasons as an assistant after serving as the Wolfpack's Director of Basketball Operations for four years. He originally joined the NC State program after a highly successful tenure as a high school head coach.
Phelps is extremely familiar with successful basketball programs, having coached his way to a 148-53 (.736 winning percentage) overall record during his six years directing a pair of Virginia independent high school teams.
Phelps spent two seasons (1995-96) at Atlantic Shores Christian High School in Chesapeake, Va., where his teams compiled a 44-12 record. His 1996 squad finished 20-3 and set school marks for winning percentage (.870) and fewest losses. Two of his former Atlantic Shores players went on to play basketball and graduate from North Carolina State -- Damon Thornton and Kenny Inge.
Prior to his tenure at Atlantic Shores, Phelps coached four years at Rock Church Academy and posted a 104-41 record. His teams played in the Metro Conference, where he was twice named Coach of the Year as the Eagles won three straight conference championships. Each of his last five prep teams advanced to the Virginia Independent School State Tournament. Four times he coached teams to the quarterfinals of the state tournament and twice to the state semifinals. He also served as athletics director at both high schools.
A graduate of Old Dominion with a B.S. degree in physical education, Phelps is a native of Virginia Beach, Va.
MARK PHELPS BACKGROUND
EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND: Born Mark Edward Phelps Jan. 22, 1966, in Dayton, Ohio...B.S. in physical education from Old Dominion in 1996... a 1984 graduate of Kempsville High School Virginia Beach, Va.
COLLEGIATE COACHING EXPERIENCE: Associate Head Coach, ASU (2006-present); Recruiting Coordinator/Director of Scouting/Assistant Coach, NC State (2005-06); Assistant Coach, NC State (2000-05); Director of Basektball Operations, NC State (1996-2000).
HIGH SCHOOL COACHING EXPERIENCE: Head Coach, Atlantic Shores Christian School in Chesapeake, Va., and was 44-12 (.786) from 1994-96; Head coach, Rock Church Academy in Virginia Beach, Va., from 1990-94 and was 104-41 Overall (.717)...won three Metro Conference Tournament championships, two Metro Conference regular-season titles and was a two-time Metro Conference Coach of the Year while at Rock Church.