Former College of the Redwoods star shooting-guard Justin Claus enters his initial season with the Corsairs, after being tabbed as the lead men’s assistant coach for the 2019-2020 season.
“Basketball here at College of the Redwoods was instrumental in my development as a player and person,” says Claus. “I can’t wait to give back to all the student-athletes who enter our gym.”
“Justin is as bright a basketball mind as you’ll find for his age,” 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. We are really lucky to have him back at Redwoods.”
Claus returns to Redwoods after serving 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 his time as a player at College of the Redwoods, Clause 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 2017-2018 team.
Justin is currently enrolled at Humboldt State University studying recreation administration.