After helping lead Clemson to the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference championship as a member of the Tigers' coaching staff, Justin Stepp is in his first season as Appalachian State University's wide receivers coach.
Stepp spent the last three years at Clemson, most recently as an
offensive graduate assistant coach in 2011. In that role, Stepp had a
hand in all aspects of the Clemson's offense, including working directly
with the Tigers' running backs, quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight
ends, game-planning and assisting the offensive coordinator with in-game
play-calling adjustments. With Stepp on the sideline, Clemson ranked
second in the ACC and in the top 30 nationally in scoring (33.6 ppg) and
total offense (440.8 ypg) and boasted a pair of all-Americans on the
offensive side of the ball in 2011.
Prior to serving as a graduate-assistant coach, he spent two seasons
(2009-10) as an offensive video graduate assistant, with a large role in
opponent breakdown and preparation of practice scripts.
He started his college coaching career as the wide receivers coach and
recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division II North Greenville in 2008,
where he coached a pair of 40-catch receivers in his only season with
the Crusaders. He also served a wide receivers and strength coach at
Fort Mill (S.C.) H.S. in 2007.
The Pelion, S.C. native was a standout wide receiver and punt returner
at Southern Conference rival Furman from 2003-06. He earned all-SoCon
recognition as a junior and senior and finished his playing career
ranked fourth all-time in receptions at FU. He graduated in 2007 with a
bachelor's degree in health and exercise science.
"Justin is a good fit for our staff and our program," head coach Jerry Moore
said. "He is familiar with what it takes to win in the Southern
Conference due to being part of a nice program at Furman and familiar
with what we do offensively due to the similarities between our system
and the one he worked with at Clemson. He has a terrific football
background and will step right in and be a contributor on our staff and
in our program."