August 10, 2010

Domingos Takes Over Colby Men

from press release

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Justin Domingos was part of a winner as a player and assistant coach for Gettysburg College and hopes to bring that winning mentality into the job as the new head coach of the Colby College men's lacrosse team.

Domingos, who was successful helping to run three programs as a college assistant, will be a head coach for the first time. He will start his new job in late August and will take the sidelines for the first time as head coach in March.

"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. "Gettysburg is annually one of the top men's lacrosse programs in all of Division III and Justin is well prepared to bring his knowledge and teaching from Gettysburg to Colby. This is an exciting time for our lacrosse program and I couldn't be more pleased to have Justin Domingos at the helm."

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 takes over a rising program at Colby after some tough previous years. The Mules were 18-13 overall, won nine conference games, and made the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs for the past two years. Colby had gone 9-18 and won just three conference games in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

"I was really impressed with how concerned the search committee, the athletic department, and the players were in who would be the next coach at Colby," Domingos said. "The players were really passionate about the school and the men's lacrosse program. I'm really hoping that they are reflective of the entire team."

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.

Domingos wants to keep Colby on the right path after two successful winning seasons.

"The great thing about Colby is the players there already have that (winning) attitude," said Domingos, who is one course shy of earning his master's degree from McDaniel College. "The athletic department and the College expect us to do great things. I'm used to that at Gettysburg. We have a spark lit at Colby and I want to keep that going."


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