Pioneering a lacrosse tradition
September 8, 2011 Leave a comment
by Abby Fergusson
Transylvania athletics has two new additions to the program: Terry Justice, a former University of Kentucky player and Lexington Catholic High School coach, and Georgia native and college standout Haley Marvine.
Justice was a key figure in starting the lacrosse program at the University of Kentucky when he played from 1979 to 1983. After a successful career as a player he later became a coach at Kentucky from 1984 to 2004.
In 2004, Justice founded a lacrosse program at Lexington Catholic, where his success continued with a 73-33 record, including an 8-5 mark this past spring.
Some of Justice’s accomplishments include being named the Kentucky High School Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and leading Lexington Catholic to runner-up finishes in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association state tournament in 2006 and 2008.
Justice has high hopes for the men’s program and understands the importance of having well-rounded athletes. He expects them to be students, athletes and highly involved individuals in the Transy community.
“First I want to start a tradition here. … We are pioneering the future of lacrosse,” said Justice. “I also want to recruit students that can succeed here academically and athletically.”
He is hoping that the players’ involvement on campus will “translate to people coming to see us play.”
For women’s lacrosse, Transy hired Marvine, a 2011 University of Cincinnati graduate and four-year letter-winner for the Bearcats. In addition, Marvine was a captain and a Big East Conference Academic All-American.
Marvine’s experience stretches far beyond playing Division I lacrosse. She has coached high school elite teams and recruiting camps for the past four years. Marvine also has experience working camps in the South and Midwest, including some at Duke University and Georgia Institute of Technology.
The next year will be a busy one for the two coaches as they aim to be on the recruiting track. They will hit the road to meet players to ensure they get the best athletes.
“(I will be) working on really building my team and new Transy lacrosse traditions,” said Marvine. “I am working hard to recruit some great girls to be my first recruiting class and set the bar for Transylvania lacrosse.”
Both Marvine and Justice believe that Transy is right for the game of lacrosse. They know that if they recruit the right players, lacrosse can and will succeed on Transy’s campus.
“Recruiting the right type of boys that work together and work hard for a common goal,” said Justice.
“Getting the right athletes. Girls that work well together and really love to compete every day,” said Marvine. “Transy is such a great school that if I can bring in the right athletes, I know we will succeed.”