Former Arizona associate HC Mark Phelps to lead West Coast Elite club team
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Former Arizona associate HC Mark Phelps to lead West Coast Elite club team

Mark Phelps

Arizona assistant coach Mark Phelps' contract expired on June 30, 2019. He made $275,000 a year and was on paid administrative leave since February 2019.

Former Arizona associate head coach Mark Phelps will coach the 17U team of the West Coast Elite, club director Ryan Silver tweeted Saturday.

The club has been a significant pipeline for Arizona. Exactly half of the Wildcats' active roster this season played for WCE during their high school years: Nico Mannion, Josh Green, Jemarl Baker, Ira Lee and Stone Gettings, though Baker (Kentucky) and Gettings (Cornell) initially chose other college programs.

A former head coach at Drake, Phelps was UA's associate head coach from 2015-16 until he was removed in February 2019 for what ESPN reported was a violation regarding the transcripts of former UA commit Shareef O'Neal. UA did not fire him but let his $275,000 annual contract run out on June 30, 2019.

Phelps' attorney said UA was guilty of defamation.

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