A former player under coach Pitts at King University, J.T. Blair joined the men's basketball staff prior to the 2013-14 season. He spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant at Lees-McRae College. He also serves as the head coach of the Tornado junior varsity team.
The 2013-14 season saw the Tornado break the school record for three-point baskets in a game when they connected on 27 triples in their 131-69 win over Mars Hill University in the second game of the year. King also came within two points of the 44 year old school record for points in a game. In all, Blair helped guide the Tornado to an overall record of 16-13, going 11-5 in Conference Carolinas play. King finished only one game out of first place, and finished as conference tournament runners-up to Limestone College.
Blair started coaching when he was a student-athlete at King, working at various camps held on and off campus. He helped teach campers techniques and fundamentals while working a King camps as well as at Clemson University and the Camp of Champions in Knoxville, Tenn.
Following his graduation from King in 2010, Blair became a graduate manager at Charleston Southern University for one year before being promoted to Director of Basketball Operations. Blair was involved with the day-to-day operations of the Buccaneers men's basketball program. His duties included team travel, academic success, film exchange and editing and opponent game preperation.
In 2012, Blair was hired as an assistant coach at Lees-McRae College. While there he was responsible for recruiting as well as scouting reports and instruction during practices and games.
While at King, Blair was a team captain for both his junior and senior seasons, and was named to the 2008-09 Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Tournament team. He also won the NAIA Champion of Character award in 2009 and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). He graduate from King with a bachelor's degree in sports management with a minor in coaching in 2010. Blair is a native of Knoxville, and currently resides in Bristol, Tenn.