Phelps joined the Tornado staff prior to the 2018-19 season, coming from Springfield, Ohio where he was the athletic director of the Springfield Little Tigers Youth Inc.
While serving as the athletic director of the Springfield Little Tigers Youth Inc., Phelps created relationships with numerous companies, colleges and churches in the area. He also developed a travel basketball program and inner city league.
Phelps comes to King with a plethora of coaching experience at different camps, including at Michigan University, Xavier University, Ohio State University, University of Virginia and Cedarville University. He served as a volunteer assistant coach at Urbana University and Cedarville where he helped with recruiting, and their strength and conditioning program in the offseason. Phelps volunteered at Elev8 Sports Institute where he helped develop professional and semi-pro athletes.
Phelps played collegiate basketball at Clark Community College before transferring to Henderson State University. While at Henderson State Phelps helped his team win their division in the Gulf South Conference and finish as tournament runners-up. That year Reddies received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship.
Phelps graduated from Henderson State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Community Recreation in 2007. Two years later he earned his Master of Science degree in Sports Administration from Henderson State.
He and his wife, Kiana, have three children, Marquis 13, Octavia 11, and Michael 20 months.