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University of South Carolina head football coach Shane Beamer announced Monday that Columbia native, Justin Stepp, has joined the school's football staff as the wide receivers coach.

"I'm happy to welcome Justin back home," said Coach Beamer. "He has accomplished so much as a recruiter and as a coach already in his career. I knew him before I got hired, but after numerous conversations with people across the country, it became clear he would be a fantastic addition to the staff."

Stepp was born in Columbia and graduated from Pelion High School in Lexington. He has spent the past three seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Arkansas. Prior to his arrival in Fayetteville, Stepp spent three seasons (2015-17) as the wide receivers coach at SMU under head coach Chad Morris. Stepp's first full-time collegiate role came as the wide receivers coach at Appalachian State University from 2012-14.

"I'm honored to be part of Coach Beamer's staff at South Carolina," said Stepp. "Obviously, it's a chance for me to get back home. I grew up going to Gamecock games and it will be a dream come true to be able to coach on the sidelines at Williams-Brice Stadium alongside Coach Beamer."

Stepp starred at Pelion High School, helping the Panthers to an unbeaten regular season in 2000, before becoming a standout wide receiver and punt returner at Furman from 2003-06. He earned All-SoCon recognition as a junior and senior and finished his playing career with 1,568 yards, 10 touchdown catches and 118 receptions, good for No. 4 on the school's career list at the time.

Stepp's professional career began as wide receivers and strength coach at Fort Mill (S.C.) High School in 2007 before becoming the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division II North Greenville in 2008. He worked as a graduate assistant at Clemson from 2009-11.

He and his wife, Brooke, have a son, Courtland Spencer, and a daughter, Allison Blair. His twin brother, Josh, is an assistant football coach at Georgia State.

2021 South Carolina coaching staff (as of Jan. 4, 2021):

Shane Beamer, Head Coach

Mike Bobo, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Will Friend, Offensive Line

Erik Kimrey, Tight Ends

Des Kitchings, Running Backs

Pete Lembo, Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

Mike Peterson, Outside Linebackers

Tracy Rocker, Defensive Line

Justin Stepp, Wide Receivers

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