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Justin Domingos has helped the Colby College men's lacrosse team to a fourth straight New England Small College Athletic Conference playoff spot in his two years with the Mules and a Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title (2011).
Domingos, who starts his third year at Colby in the 2012-13 academic year, has helped the Mules to an 18-12 overall record the last two seasons and the Mules finished in a three-way tie for third place in the regular season standings in 2012.
Domingos was part of a winner as a player and assistant coach for Gettysburg College.
"Justin is the right person at the right time for our men's lacrosse team. He is a strong leader who will continue to build and grow the program," Colby Athletics Director Marcella Zalot said after hiring Domingos.
Domingos had two stints as an assistant coach at Gettysburg under Hank Janczyk, who has a 300-77 record in 23 years with the Bullets. Domingos graduated from Gettysburg in 1999 after playing on defense for the Bullets. He was an assistant coach for one year in 2002 when Gettysburg made the national championship game. Domingos returned to the Bullets for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, helping to lead Gettysburg to another national title game appearance in 2009.
Domingos did a little everything during his two coaching stints at Gettysburg. Despite playing defense during his college days, Domingos was the offensive coordinator in 2002. He was the defensive coordinator and worked with the face-off men the past two years.
"Justin has been the epitome of everything I could ask for as a player, an assistant coach, and as a friend," Janczyk said. "I could not be more happier for Colby College and their men's lacrosse program. They are getting a very special person."
Domingos also had high praise for Janczyk, who ranks second all-time in NCAA men's lacrosse coaching victories (all divisions) with 340.
"He is definitely one of my role models, not just in coaching but in life," said Domingos, who played lacrosse and football at Falmouth (Mass.) High School and then at Avon Old Farms. "He's one of the best leaders I've ever been around."
Domingos joins a growing Gettysburg men's lacrosse coaching community in the NESCAC. Connecticut College head coach Dave Cornell played with Domingos and Trinity College head coach James Finlay also played for Janczyk.
After graduation, Domingos served as defensive coordinator at Goucher College in 1999-2000. From 2003-08, Domingos coached at the high school and collegiate levels. The East Falmouth, Mass. native worked as both the offensive and defensive coordinator at Division III Massachusetts Maritime Academy from 2004-06. Domingos' father, Joe, coach at one time at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is now retired.
As a student-athlete at Gettysburg, Domingos served as a team captain for both the football and lacrosse teams during his senior year. In lacrosse, Domingos was a two-year starter as a defenseman and helped the Bullets to a 44-28 record. He was a member of Gettysburg's 1998 and 1999 Centennial Conference championship teams.
John Odierna, a former lacrosse player at Gettysburg College, enters his second season as assistant coach in the 2012-13 academic year.
Colby head coach Justin Domingos, who is in his third year with the Mules, was an assistant coach at Gettysburg before getting the Colby job.
Odierna, a two-year Centennial Conference all-league selection his final two seasons, was a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Honorable Mention All-American on defense in 2011. He helped the Bullets capture back-to-back conference titles and lifted Gettysburg into the 2009 national championship game at Gillette Stadium against Cortland State.
As a co-captain his senior year at Gettysburg, he helped lead the league's top defensive unit and was selected to participate in the USILA North-South Senior Showcase at Goucher College.
Odierna, a native of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., graduated from Gettysburg with a bachelor's degree in business management. He was named to the USILA Scholar All-American Team for the 2011 season.