Justin DeGrood ’07

Alumni and Staff

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Strength & Conditioning Coach in Athletics

Justin DeGrood is in his eighth season as an assistant coach for the Gustavus men’s basketball team in 2020-21. A 2007 Gustavus graduate, DeGrood assists his former head coach, Mark Hanson. Coach DeGrood’s main responsibilities for the Gusties include the team's defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and film coordinator.

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.

Justin currently resides in St. Peter, Minn. and will continue to pursue master’s degree in organizational leadership. Justin is married to his wife Aryn (Bell) '09, and together have a daughters, Zoey and Harper.