Justin graduated from Troy Buchanan High School in 2005. While at Buchanan, Justin received All-State, All-Metro, and All-Conference honors. He received a full scholarship to play baseball at Lewis and Clark Community College in Alton, Illinois, where he helped handle the pitching staff from behind the plate. Justin then transferred to Fontbonne University after two years at Lewis and Clark. He helped the team reach the regional tournament his senior year by winning the conference title.
After graduation, Justin received an Assistant Baseball Coaching position at Fontbonne. For three years, his main responsibilities were recruiting and scouting for future players, as well as helping with the hitting aspect of the game.
Justin will assist in the development of the hitting and infield aspects.