Justin Cellars is entering his second season as assistant coach of the Lamar Community College Runnin’ Lopes men’s basketball team. In his first season with the program, they achieved a winning season. During the 2018-19 season, the Lopes also had a third-team All-Region performer in Jubile Belo (Montana State) and honorable mention All-Region Brevin Brimble (Tiffin University). The Lopes also got it in done in the classroom with Academic All-American Blayton Williams and a team GPA of 3.14 for the spring semester. Cellars helped place five student athletes to the four-year level.
Cellars came from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri, where he worked under Jacie Hoyt in her inaugural season as a volunteer assistant coach. In his one year with the Roo’s, the team posted a 7-7 record during conference play which was the first .500-or-better record in seven seasons. The team led the conference in steals (9.2) and ranked second in scoring offense (67.8), assists (13.5) and 3PT field goals made per game (6.8). Cellars daily duties with the program consisted of overseeing film exchange and edits for both practices and games. He also assisted the staff with scouting reports, day-to-day operations, and oversaw the creation of images and videos for the team’s recruiting and social media.
From 2010-2017, Cellars was the assistant basketball coach at Milford High School in Milford, Ohio, where he worked under Joe Cambron. In the 2014-15 season, he helped lead the Eagles to wins (22) and consecutive wins (18), along with Milford’s first OHSAA District Finals appearance in over 40 years. While at Milford he was a part of two conference championships, 2010-11 in the FAVC and 2014-15 in the ECC.
A native of Milford, Ohio, Cellars earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Administration from the University of Cincinnati in 2017.