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Garin Justice
Garin  Justice

Gilbert, W.Va.

Assistant Coach/OL

Alma Mater:
West Virginia, '06

Alma Mater:
Florida State, '08


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How do you welcome a new coach to the program? You provide him with a talented unit, returning all but one starter and you have talented freshmen and true freshmen ready to contribute. That is exactly the way Garin Justice started preseason camp. Justice had prepared the line in the spring to play the up-tempo offense and returned a unit following the summer that were conditioned and ready to play. Two weeks into preseason camp, the dominos began to fall. Justice would be asked to shuffle and reshuffle the deck for nine different starting rotations in nine games and he lost four projected starters in the first three weeks of the season. Despite the herculean effort the Owls were asked to undertake, the line provided the protection for a record-setting running attack and they did so for a new starting quarterback. The receiving corps also benefitted from the efforts of the battle-tested line with a program-high seven games with an individual receiver tallying 100+ receiving yards. At season's end, center Dillon DeBoer was one of 11 student-athletes, conference wide, to earn C-USA Academic honors and was named C-USA Honorable Mention All-Conference. Junior lineman Antonyo Woods, who saw time at three different spots on the line, also earned Honorable Mention C-USA honors.

At Concord
Justice assumed the helm of Concord, a program that had been winless (0-11) as recently as 2008, in January of 2011. In his five-year stint, the Mountain Lions were 40-17, which included a 13-1 season in 2014. Additionally, Justice led Concord to two conference championships and two NCAA Division II playoff appearances. On Justice’s watch, 84 players were named All-West Virginia Athletic Conference or All-Mountain East Conference selections while two athletes earned Defensive WVIAC Player of the Year accolades in addition 18 All-Region selections and eight All-American honorees were named.

His 2015 squad had 11 players earn Mountain East Conference honors and two received All-Region recognition. He coached the top offensive lineman in the MEC who led a unit that allowed the fewest sacks in the league and made way for the program’s running back to set the all-time rushing record. His defense finished the season No. 2 in total defense.

In 2014, the Mountain Lions won the most games in school history (13) while also making an appearance in the national semifinals. Under Justice's guidance, CU won its first playoff games in school history, defeating West Chester (51-36) and Bloomsburg (32-26) which gave Concord its first Super One Region Championship. Not only did Concord set school records in wins (13), but Justice also was named Mountain East Conference Coach of the Year. It was his second league coach of the year award in four seasons at Concord. Justice coached the offensive line at Concord and tutored two All-American linemen in Rustin Mayorga and Coleman Osborne. All five of Justice's linemen earned All-Conference during the 2014 season while paving the way for MEC Offensive Player of the Year Calvinaugh Jones.

The 2013 season was a showcase of what would come. Concord went 8-3 and narrowly lost out on winning the inaugural MEC title and earning a playoff bid. Concord tallied three-year highs under Justice on offense in points per game (26.6) and rushing yards per game (167.9). Just as impressive was Justice’s defense which posted three-year lows in points allowed per game (14.2), rushing yards allowed per game (108.4) and passing yards allowed per game (159.7). His Concord teams excelled in all phases of the game defensively as well, with a No. 3 national rank in four categories and two players earned All-American honors for their efforts. Special teams held a No. 6 national mark.

In 2012, Justice’s second season in Athens, Concord registered a 7-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the WVIAC. In Justice’s first season as a head coach (2011), he led Concord to its first WVIAC title since 1990 as well as the school’s first appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs after CU finished 7-4 overall and 7-1 in WVIAC competition and he was named the 2011 WVIAC Coach of the Year.

A native of Gilbert, W. Va., Justice originally came to Concord in January of 2009 as the offensive line coach and strength & conditioning coordinator. Justice played a prominent role in Concord’s remarkable turnaround after its 0-11 season in 2008. In 2009, Justice’s first year on the CU staff, the Mountain Lions went 6-5. In 2010, Concord was 8-3, winning eight games for the first time in 19 years.

At Florida State
Justice spent two seasons at Florida State as an offensive graduate assistant, offensive videographer, and weight room graduate assistant. Justice helped develop four freshmen All-Americans and two All-Atlantic Coast Conference performers. In his two seasons with the Seminoles, FSU was 16-10 overall. The offensive line provided protection for running backs who gained more than 2,300 yards on the ground with 27 TDs in 2008 and tallied more than 1,600 yards in 2007 with 12 TDs. The passing game covered 2,500 yards in 2008 and 3,143 in 2007. The line allowed an average of less than two sacks per game. He completed his master’s degree from Florida State in sports administration in 2008. While at FSU, Justice was a member of two bowl staffs. The 2007 team fell to Kentucky in the Music City Bowl and the Seminoles downed Wisconsin in 2008 at the Citrus Bowl. He graduated FSU with a Masters of Sports Administration in 2008.

At West Virginia
Justice began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at West Virginia in 2006 where he worked with the offensive line and helped Dan Mozes win the Rimington Award as the nation’s best center. The 2006 Mountaineers finished their campaign with an 11-2 record. The line provided protection for a running back corps that rushed for nearly 4,000 yards and tallied 48 scores. The passing game recorded 15 touchdowns and nearly 1,700 yards through the air and downed Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl.

Collegiate Playing Experience
Justice was a three-year starting offensive tackle for West Virginia University and served as team captain in 2005 for a Mountaineer squad that went 11-1, defeated Georgia in the Sugar Bowl and ranked No. 5 in the season-ending AP Poll. He earned All-Big East honors and was a Sporting News Second Team All-American for his efforts. Justice also was the Big East Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He graduated from West Virginia in 2006 with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

Education: Regents Bachelor of Arts, West Virginia, 2006; Masters of Sports Administration, Florida State 2008
Marital Status: Wife, Casie Coughlin Justice
Family: daughter, Juliet

Coaching Experience
2016 – Florida Atlantic University (Assistant Coach/OL)
2011-15 – Concord (Head Coach/OL Coach – 40-17 overall record)
2009-10 – Concord (Assistant Coach/OL and Strength and Conditioning)
2007-08 – Florida State University (Graduate Assistant)
2006 – West Virginia (Graduate Assistant)

Bowl/Postseason Games Coached
2008 -Champs Sports Bowl, FSU vs. Wisconsin, W - 42-13
2007 - Music City Bowl, FSU vs. Kentucky, L - 35-28
2006 - Gator Bowl, WVU vs. Georgia Tech, W - 38-35

Bowl Games Played
2006 -Sugar Bowl, Georgia, W - 38-35
2005 - Gator Bowl, Florida State, L - 30-18
2004 -Gator Bowl, Maryland, L - 41-7
2002 -Continental Tire Bowl, Virginia, L - 48-22

Justice's Head Coaching Record

 Season  School  Record  Win Pct.
2011 Concord  7-4  .636
2012 Concord   7-4  .636
2013 Concord  8-3  .727
2014 Concord  13-1  .928
2015 Concord  5-5  .500
Total 5 seasons 40-17  .701
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