Terry Justice
Terry Justice
Title: Head Coach / Assistant Director of Athletics - 4th Street Athletic Facility
Phone: 859-281-3556
Email: tjustice@transy.edu

Terry Justice, a Lacrosse institution in the state of Kentucky, enters his eighth year as head coach of the Transylvania men's lacrosse program.

The race to the top has been a rapid and steady rise for Justice, who has crafted a nationally-respected power in the Commonwealth in just seven short years.

Named Transylvania’s first men’s lacrosse coach in June 2011, Justice has quickly guided the program into an annual contender in the Division III men’s lacrosse landscape. In six years as the beacon of Transylvania men’s lacrosse, Justice has created a team that has never experienced a losing season. The Pioneers reign as the four-time defending champions of the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference.

The only head coach in the history of Transylvania’s lacrosse program, Justice brings the Pioneers men’s lacrosse program into 2019 fresh off its second consecutive trip into the NCAA Tournament and a legacy as the greatest team in the four-year history of the ORLC. As the Pioneers enter a new lacrosse conference, the Midwest-based HCLC for 2019, Justice aims to write a new winning chapter with the Transylvania men’s lacrosse team.

Justice’s most recent season with the Pioneers in 2018 featured another display of championship excellence. Bringing together a young and talented squad, Justice’s Pioneers reeled off a 9-1 record in ORLC conference play to finish the regular season as conference co-Champions, achieving their fourth straight regular-season conference championship in the process. Transylvania rode that momentum to their fourth consecutive ORLC Tournament championship with a resounding 12-2 victory at St. Vincent to clinch its second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.

Along with furnishing team success, a cavalcade of student-athletes earned 2018 postseason honors under Justice’s direction, led by sophomore TJ Toivonen, the ORLC Defensive Player of the Year. Toivonen, sophomore Trenton Sneed, and junior Webb VanMeter each earned All-ORLC First Team recognition, while Nic Bailey, Ben Kraft, and Paul Stickel each earned a spot on the All-ORLC Second Team. Another six players from the 2018 squad were named All-ORLC Honorable Mention. The influx of postseason recognition was punctuated with Toivonen becoming the first Pioneer in program history to be named IMLCA All-Region as an Honorable Mention Defense selection.

The 2018 campaign was the latest in a pattern of championships and success under Justice at Transylvania.

The 2017 season marked the third straight season in which the Pioneers captured the ORLC regular season and tournament title as the Pioneers defeated St. Vincent 12-1 in the conference championship. The critical victory earned the Pioneers the conference’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth, vaulting Transylvania into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Transylvania’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament ended in the second round against Hampden-Sydney to conclude a 13-4 run, the most wins in one season by a Pioneer men’s lacrosse squad. Along with the historic moment embedded in the conference tournament championship, the victory also served as a milestone for Justice, who collected his 50th career head coaching win in the process.

Justice’s teams have consistently carved out an identity as one of defensive excellence combined with clearing precision. In 2017, senior goalie Cooper Fogle led the nation in goals-against average, holding opponents to 6.32 goals per game. The Pioneers also led the nation in clearing percentage in 2017.

That string cemented a pattern of three consecutive seasons in which the Pioneers have finished in the top-five nationally in scoring defense and clearing efficiency. During that run of defensive excellence, multiple players under Justice have ranked in the top-20 nationally in face-off percentage.

With that team success has also come a cornucopia of individual recognition. In 2017, Fogle received his second consecutive ORLC Defensive Most Valuable Player award while senior attacker Clark Watts was named the ORLC co-Offensive Most Valuable Player, leading a list of six All-ORLC First teamers. In total, 11 Pioneers received all-conference postseason recognition.

In 2016, the Pioneers put together a 10-6 run and 6-1 record in ORLC regular season play en route to their second consecutive conference regular season and tournament titles. Nine Pioneers earned All-ORLC awards to cap off another conference championship season.

The year before, the Pioneers went 11-6 and 5-1 in the ORLC, winning the ORLC Tournament Championship at home over St. Vincent. Following the 2015 season, Justice was named the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year and saw 11 players garner postseason awards. The Pioneers completed 2015 as both ORLC conference tournament and regular season champions.

Justice and the sport of Lacrosse in Kentucky have experienced an intertwined relationship since he arrived to the Bluegrass in the late 1970s. Discovering a passion and love for the sport in his high school years, Justice continued his pursuit of the game at the University of Kentucky where he helped form the first men's lacrosse club team at Kentucky and played from 1979-1983.

At the turn of the century, Justice's impact on the lacrosse scene in Lexington spread like wildfire as he was instrumental towards the sport's local growth. By 1999, no formal high school lacrosse scene existed. But after Justice coached a middle school lacrosse team that year, he was asked by parents of those players to spearhead a high school program, and started a high school club team in 2000.

As lacrosse programs at different high schools and middle schools quickly sprouted in large part to Justice's efforts, he was summoned by Lexington Catholic High School to orchestrate their high school club team.

In 2003, Justice was made the full-time head coach of the Lexington Catholic Lacrosse program. Justice went on to coach at Lexington Catholic from 2004 through 2011, winning the Kentucky State High School Coach of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. At Lexington Catholic, Justice compiled a 73-33 record and led the Knights to state runner-up showings in 2006 and 2008.

In 2011, Justice got the call from Transy to be the head coach for their inaugural men's lacrosse program and he enthusiastically accepted, taking on his first collegiate head coach gig.

Since his arrival to Transy in 2011, the program has bloomed into one of the premier programs in Division III. The Pioneers have carved out a reputation for fastidious defense, precision clearing, and a physicality rooted in chemistry and blue-collar work ethic. The Pioneers have averaged 10 wins a season and their success stems from key beliefs by their head coach.

"I'm very invested in Kentucky lacrosse and these kids who play the game," says Justice. “What intrigues me on a day-to-day basis is teaching the fundamentals of the game, and figuring out ways to teach our kids fundamentals every day. Fundamentals are the components to execution; that's how you win or lose."

In recognition of his contributions to the game in Kentucky, Justice was part of an inaugural five-person class inducted into the Kentucky Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2015.

While his accolades are plentiful and his presence in Kentucky lacrosse is indelible, Justice's motivations still return to the core elements of teaching, coaching, his players, and the school he represents.

"This University is important to me and our culture," espouses Justice. "My measure is not necessarily going to be only wins and losses, though that does come into the equation, but more importantly what kind of young men these student-athletes are going to become. Did they graduate from this University? Are they successful when they get out of this University? That's how I'm going to be truly measured, so working with these young men is what keeps me going, and that's the fun part, to fight through some hard times together and learn life lessons."

In addition to his duties as head coach of Transylvania men's lacrosse, Justice also serves as the Assistant Athletic Director at Transylvania for Outdoor Facilities.

 

 Terry Justice Collegiate Coaching Record - Transylvania

Year

Wins/Losses

Postseason Result

2019

14-5 (8-0 HCLC)

HCLC Tournament Champions

NCAA Tournament 2nd Round

2018

12-7 (9-1 ORLC)

ORLC Tournament Champions

NCAA Tournament 2nd Round

2017

13-4 (7-0 ORLC)

ORLC Tournament Champions

NCAA Tournament 2nd Round

2016

10-6 (6-1 ORLC)

ORLC Tournament Champions

2015

11-6 (5-1 ORLC)

ORLC Tournament Champions

2014

7-7

(no conference)

2013

9-5

(no conference)

TOTALS

76-40 

.655 Winning Percentage