On March 31, 2012, Justin Baxter was selected as the first-ever head coach of the Bryn Athyn College men’s basketball team. As he heads into his seventh season as the Lions’ head coach in 2019-20, Baxter has built a program from scratch into one that is starting to make noise in the Division III landscape.
Last season, Bryn Athyn posted a 6-19 record and went 3-9 in its first season in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). The Lions led the conference with 3.00 blocked shots per game, second in 3-point defense allowing opponents to shoot 32.3 percent from behind the arc, and ranked third with 8.20 steals per game and 8.4 made 3-pointers per game. Rahim Washington, who became the program's all-time leading scorer, earned a place on the All-CSAC second team, while Larry Stevenson III was named All-CSAC honorable mention.
Bryn Athyn was 9-16 overall and 6-10 in its final season in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) during the 2018-19 season. The Lions had their best offensive season in their five-year history by posting 73.2 points per game. Rahim Washington averaged a program-record 18.2 points per game to earn a place on the All-NEAC third team.
In the 2016-17 season, the Lions had their most successful season in the program’s short history. The team posted a 10-16 overall record, tying the program record for wins in a season, and qualified for the NEAC Tournament for the first time ever with an 8-12 conference mark. Bryn Athyn won nine games in Asplundh Field House to set the program record for the most home victories in a single season. The team also set a program record for the most 3-pointers made in a season with 198. Deion Boyer became the program’s first all-conference player with his selection to the All-NEAC Third Team. Troy Steed and Boyer became the program’s first 1,000-point scorers.
Baxter and the Lions entered the NEAC in the 2014-15 season and recorded back-to-back 6-12 campaigns in their first two years in the league.
The Lions ranked in the top four in the NEAC in fewest turnovers in each of their first three seasons in the NEAC—leading the league in fewest turnovers in the 2015-16 season with only 13.1 per game.
Bryn Athyn had a very successful inaugural season as an independent in 2013-14 as the Lions racked up 10 victories. Offensively, the Lions averaged 71.0 points per game, the second-most in program history.
Before taking his first head coaching position, Baxter was an assistant coach for four years at the collegiate level. He served as an assistant coach at Division II University of the Sciences for the 2011-12 season. Baxter brought in seven recruits, including three-time Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference player of the year and two-time All-American Garret Kerr. From 2009 through 2011, Baxter was an assistant coach at Neumann University. He successfully recruited 12 players in his two years with the Knights. Neumann won 32 games and made two appearances the Colonial States Athletic Conference, reaching the final in 2011.
Baxter started his coaching career at Pennsbury High School, where he was an assistant coach for six seasons. Pennsbury posted a 138-37 overall record, won five Suburban One League championships, and qualified for four state playoff tournaments.
In the off-season, Baxter works for Hoop Group basketball camps. Hoop Group hosts camps and tournaments for high school athletes to get instruction, competition and college exposure on the East Coast. Baxter has performed many roles for the Hoop Group such as camp coach, camp commissioner, and tournament site director.
He is a 2003 graduate of Arcadia University with a degree in elementary education. A four-year starter for the Knights, Baxter was ranked in the top three in assists in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference during his sophomore and junior seasons.
|Justin Baxter's Coaching Record|
|Bryn Athyn (6 years)||47-103||.313|