Former College of the Redwoods star shooting-guard Justin Claus enters the 2021-2022 season as the lead assistant coach with the Corsairs, his third season in that role. Coach Claus’ major contributions to every aspect of the program played a pivotal role in the 2019-2020 Golden Valley Conference championship team.
“I am very excited about this team right now,” says Claus. “Their maturity and commitment to our values forces me to continue to grow every day. I believe they embody the ingredients we hope to attract and maintain in this program moving forward. I just can’t wait to get in the gym every day.”
“Justin is the best assistant coach I’ve ever seen at this level,” head men’s coach, Ryan Bisio says. “His even-keel nature doesn’t illustrate how much of a competitor he is – and how much work he’s done to develop himself as a player and coach. He won’t be an assistant coach for very long. We are really, really lucky to have him here at Redwoods.”
Prior to joining Redwoods, Claus served as an assistant coach for the Humboldt State men’s basketball program during the 2018-2019 season. Claus’ contribution to the Lumberjacks program culminated with a birth in the California Collegiate Athletic Association conference tournament.
Prior to his stint and Humboldt State, Claus was an assistant coach for his alma mater at Fortuna High School boys’ varsity basketball team from 2016-2018. Claus’ keen offensive mind and influence was apparent in the success of the Fortuna boys, as they won two-straight league titles and two-straight conference tournament championships. Fortuna’s 30-win season ranks as an all-time high in the history of the Humboldt Del Norte league.
Claus also coached AAU team in the Humboldt County area – leading the Factory Pride in local, regional, and national level AAU competitions. In 2021, Justin was tapped as director for the Humboldt Wild AAU program.
In his time as a player at College of the Redwoods, Claus was first-team All-Golden Valley Conference his freshman and sophomore year. His shooting prowess and high basketball IQ landed him a roster spot on Humboldt State University’s 2016-2017 team.
Justin is currently enrolled at Humboldt State University finishing up his bachelor’s degree in recreation administration.