L.J. Hepp Named Assistant Coach
July 15, 2004
L.J. Hepp enters his second season with Stanford basketball and his first season as an Assistant Coach. Hepp served on Mike Montgomery's final staff at Stanford as the Video Coordinator in the 2003-04 season. He fills the vacancy left by Russell Turner, who left Stanford to become an Assistant Coach in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors.
'I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by such a knowledgeable and committed staff,' said Trent Johnson, Stanford head coach. 'L.J. is certainly no exception. He is well on his way to developing in to an excellent head coach.'
In his new role at Stanford, Hepp will focus on recruiting for the Cardinal, creating opponent scouting reports, and developing player skills through individual instruction.
Hepp, 25, brought an east coast perspective to Stanford basketball after a two-year stint as the Graduate Assistant at North Carolina. He took advantage of the latest video technology to help Stanford gain an edge in scouting opponents and evaluating the Cardinal's performance. His energy for recruiting played a substantial role in the staff's research of underclassman's academic background as well as planning official visits.
Hepp's first year on the The Farm was a monumental year for the Cardinal. Stanford raced out to a school record 26-0 start and won the Pac-10 regular season title with a 17-1 mark in league play. The championship was Stanford's fourth Pac-10 title in the last six years. In the post-season, Stanford won the Pac-10 tournament and earned a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the third time in the last five seasons. The Cardinal finished the season with a record of 30-2, posting the highest winning percentage in college basketball (.938) and earning the #1 ranking in the year's final AP poll. Pac-10 Player of the Year, Josh Childress, was a first team All-American and was selected as the #6 overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
L.J. attended the University of North Carolina where he had the opportunity to learn the game in one of college basketball's most storied programs. He competed as a walk-on guard for Carolina's Junior Varsity team for two seasons. As a senior, he served as a Student Assistant Coach on the J.V. team under Doug Wojcik and volunteered his time in the basketball office. His dedication earned him a opportunity to work as a Graduate Assistant on the UNC staff for the next two years where he assisted with recruiting and video, as well as continuing to work with the J.V. program. The UNC staff signed four McDonald's All-Americans during that time.
Hepp was a Dean's List student at North Carolina while earning a B.S. in Business Administration in 2001. He completed his Master's degree two years later in Sport Administration. His Master's Thesis titled, 'The Relationship between Draft Position and Success in the NBA,' was competed in 2003 and is currently in the process of being published.
L.J. is a Raleigh, NC native and played basketball at Leesville Road High School. He was also a four-year starter at shortstop on the baseball team. L.J. was born on September 26, 1978 in Easton, PA. He is single and resides in Atherton, CA.