UM announces Garin Justice to replace Barry as OL coach; Diaz comments

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Stefan Adams

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Feb 9, 2018
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Garin Justice, who spent the 2019 season as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at UNLV, will join the Miami Hurricanes football staff as offensive line coach to replace Butch Barry, head coach Manny Diaz announced Saturday. Justice's hire is pending completion of a standard University background check.

"We're excited to welcome Garin to our offensive staff," Diaz said. "He boasts an extensive and impressive background as a position coach, coordinator and head coach, and we're looking forward to seeing him work with our offensive linemen."

Justice spent two seasons on the UNLV staff, joining the Rebels prior to 2018 and initially oversaw the offensive line and run game. He was promoted to offensive coordinator/offensive line coach prior to 2019. In his final season with the Rebels, two offensive linemen (Julio Garcia, Justin Polu) earned All-Mountain West Conference recognition while running back Charles Williams, Jr., was named first-team All-Mountain West.

Prior to his time at UNLV, Justice spent two seasons as offensive line coach at FAU (2016-17), the only assistant retained when Lane Kiffin was hired as head coach. In 2017, FAU was led by a veteran line under Justice's tutelage. The Owls ended the regular season ranked in the top 10 nationally for scoring offense (40.6) and rushing offense (285.3), while ranking 12th for fewest sacks allowed (16). The Owls finished the 2017 season with an 11-3 record that included a Conference USA championship and Boca Raton Bowl victory. Three of Justice's offensive lineman were named first-team All-Conference USA, helping pave the way for running back Devin Singletary, who became the program's first-ever Associated Press All-American football player and set the school single-season rushing record (1,920 yards).

In 2016, the Owls had a record-setting rushing attack under Justice despite losing four projected starters in the first three weeks of the season, which resulted in nine different starting line groups throughout the year.

Prior to his time at FAU, Justice was the head coach at Concord University (Athens, W. Va.), a program that had been winless (0-11) as recently as 2008, from 2011-15. In his five-year stint, the Mountain Lions were 40-17, which included a 13-1 season in 2014. Additionally, Justice led Concord to two conference championships and two NCAA Division II playoff appearances. On Justice's watch, 84 players were named All-West Virginia Athletic Conference or All-Mountain East Conference selections while two athletes earned Defensive WVIAC Player of the Year accolades in addition to 18 All-Region selections and eight All-American honorees.

Justice was a three-year starting offensive tackle for West Virginia and served as team captain in 2005 for a Mountaineer squad that went 11-1, defeated Georgia in the Sugar Bowl and ranked No. 5 in the season-ending AP Poll. The former second team All-America earned his bachelor's degree from the school in 2006.

Justice began his coaching career as a student assistant and then a graduate assistant for his alma mater, where he worked with the offensive line. He then spent two years as an offensive graduate student at Florida State in 2007-08.


Jun 21, 2018
The one thing we know about this current staff, its setting up perfectly for the sissy azz UM administration if coach diaz fails, cause with lashlee and now this new o-line coach garin, one of them would surely get promoted to headcoach if manny ends up not being the answer.

However it does seem like garin has what it takes to actually succeed as the headcoach here, he's already had a stint as a headcoach, gets his guys to out produced the competition they've faced, so let's see what happens!


Jun 17, 2018
Interesting I wonder if lashlees company he brought with him are the only coaches he brings with him. Let's see if we keep Stubbs or get a new coach there also


Sep 7, 2014
Got his Masters at FSU and was a grad assistant coach there …
Hard to find the point in your post.

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Feb 4, 2013
Seems like a good hire. More good than bad to his resume.

Success and leadership as a player. HC experience. Productive units everywhere he coached. The piece that's missing is recruiting so that remains to be seen. Also not seeing any NFL guys he developed but Clemson has proven you don't need NFL linemen to be successful.

51. UNLV Rebels
Highest-graded player: OG Julio Garcia – 76.9 (15th)

The running game was the strength for the UNLV offensive line this season, making way for their offensive to gain 2.30 yards before contact per carry in 2019. They may have struggled in pass protection, but their offensive line ranked 21st in run-blocking grade.

His 2019 line graded out as above-average overall but importantly they were top 25 in run blocking grade. Lashlee's scheme and playcalling should take care of the pass protection aspect so it makes sense to prioritize run game with the OL hire.