Justin DeGrood begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Gustavus men’s basketball team in 2013. A 2007 Gustavus graduate, DeGrood returns to his alma mater to assist his former head coach, Mark Hanson.
A product of Faribault, Minnesota, DeGrood attended Bethlehem Academy prior to attending Gustavus. While earning degrees in English and health and exercise science, DeGrood was a four-year member of the Gustie basketball team and a two-year member of the Gustie football team.
After graduating from Gustavus, DeGrood obtained coaching experience as an assistant boy’s basketball coach at New Life Academy in Woodbury, Minn. for one season (2007-08) and then moved east to Boston, Mass. to work for Jostens. While on the east coast for two years, DeGrood was able to volunteer his time coaching at both the high school and collegiate levels.
In 2010, Justin made his way back to Minnesota where he took a position with the Bethel University men’s basketball team. He worked two seasons as an assistant before becoming the University’s first graduate assistant coach in 2012. While at Bethel, DeGrood assisted in the areas of defensive game/practice planning, on-court instruction and specialized in guard play, while also serving as the recruiting and film coordinator, summer camp and tournaments co-coordinator, and the team’s academic supervisor.
To go along with his coaching responsibilities, Justin will serve as the Director of Intramural Sports at the College. Justin currently resides in St. Peter, Minn. and will continue to pursue master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.