Director of Coaching
Justin has coached competitive club and masters swimming since graduating from Arizona State University (BS ’96 and MS ’99) and has been involved with swimming since he was 6-years-old. As a competitive Age Group swimmer in his native country of South Africa, he developed a love of swimming, and the water, that is evident in his coaching style to this day. Highlights of Justin’s accomplishments in South Africa include: Top ranked national age group swimmer, finalist at South African Nationals (1989-1992), former South African Record Holder as a member of his Provincial 200 Free Relay in 1991. He moved to the United States in 1992 to attend college. An Academic-All American, his freshman year at California State University – Bakersfield, he contributed in both individual and relay events to the Roadrunners winning the NCAA Div. II National Championship in 1993. He was also an Academic All-American as a freshman. He transferred to Arizona State University in 1993 after Coach Maglischo was named the new Head Coach at ASU. He was a 3-year letter winner, a Pac-10 Championship finalist, and was an All-American while competing at ASU.
At Sun Devil Aquatics and Sun Devil Masters (1999-2007) Justin played an instrumental part in building a USA Swimming Gold Medal Program from the ground up and coached numerous individuals to become State Champions, Far Western Champions, Zone Champions, National #1 Rankings, Junior National, Senior National, and Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Moving down to Tucson in 2007 he started the Flying Fish Arizona Swim Team and served as the Head Coach for the following 3 years. He also served as the Head Coach for the LaCamas Headhunters Swim Team (2012-2015) steering them to a number of top-3 team finishes at OSI Championships.
Many of his former swimmers have obtained athletic scholarships to NCAA Div I, II and III programs and he has had swimmers who compete for Stanford University, University of Arizona, Princeton, Harvard, Air Force Academy, ASU, Auburn, Texas Christian, Drury, Iowa, and the Coast Guard Academy among others. He has coached at least 2 swimmers who have gone on to win National Championships at the college level.
Justin is married to Amy and enjoys the outdoors, traveling, staying fit and healthy, spending time with his family and motivating and inspiring young athletes to be all they can be.