The Davis & Elkins College Athletic Department and Athletic Director Jamie Joss have announced the appointment of Matthew Justice as the Head Coach of the Senators Men’s Lacrosse program on May 1.
“We appointed Matt as our next head coach without hesitation and with Coach Anken’s endorsement,” Joss said. “Matt has worked tirelessly as a volunteer assistant coach, aligned with Brian Anken’s vision for the program, Matt will help us maintain the positive momentum our program is building. Matt is committed to developing a program of excellence in the classroom, on our campus and in Elkins community, with uncompromising character and success on the field.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity that Athletic Director Jamie Joss and President Chris Wood have bestowed upon me to step into my first head coaching position,” said Justice. “I am excited to continue the growth and development of this program and our players. We are heading in the right direction and I am honored to lead this program to its full potential in the years to come.”
Justice joined the Senators this season and has served as an assistant coach following a successful playing career that included three seasons at Marymount University as an attackman and team captain, as well as oversees, playing in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.
“Matt has developed a great rapport with our team and incoming recruiting class,” Joss said. “Matt will certainly inject some of his own lacrosse identity into the program, but he will maintain our Canadian recruiting base and add his Maryland connections as we continue to expand our program.”
Justice came to D&E after wrapping up his playing career at Marymount University where he started 44 of 46 games played in attack over three seasons. The Maryland native scored 59 goals and had 22 assists during his time with Marymount and served as the team’s captain his senior season.
Prior to Marymount, Justice played one season at Shenandoah University where he led his team in goals with 34 and also had six assists.
Justice also played twice in Europe in the summers of 2014 and 2016. In 2014, his team won the Lowlands Tournament which was played through France, Belgium and the Netherlands. In 2016, Justice’s team finished as the Berlin Cup runners up in a tournament that was hosted in Germany and the Czech Republic.
Away from playing Lacrosse, Justice has also coached lacrosse at the U11, U13 and U15 ranks, working with the Zingos Lacrosse Club (Columbia, Maryland) before moving to Lights Out Lacrosse (Arlington, Virginia) and eventually Team 6 Lacrosse (Arlington, Virginia).
The DeMatha Catholic High School graduate went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Marymount in December of 2016.