Justin Huff enters his third season with the Highlanders as an assistant coach. Along with recruiting duties, he coordinates the offense and works with infielders.
The 2018 squad finished third in the GCAA regular season. Five players earned the GCAA Gold Glove award for their position including two infielders. Two members of the '18 team were honored as All-GCAA players. Centerfielder Datren Bray was selected in the 18th round of the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels.
In 2017, the Highlander offense led the conference in ten offensive categories including runs, doubles, triples, homeruns, RBIs, walks, stolen bases, batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Infielder Chase Sudduth earned NJCAA All-American 3rd team honors after hitting .386 and driving in 58 runs. The Highlander offense landed four 1st Team All-GCAA players and two 2nd Team All-GCAA members.
Before arriving at Gordon State, he spent the 2016 season as an assistant baseball coach and head middle school coach at Tattnall Square Academy under head coach Joey Hiller. The Trojans won the 2016 GHSA Class A Private State Championship and a middle school league championship.
Huff began his collegiate coaching career at Darton State College from 2011-2015. Under head coach Scot Hemmings, Huff served as the recruiting coordinator in addition to coaching infielders, catchers, baserunning, and assisting with hitters. The Cavaliers owned a 169-68 record during Huff’s time as recruiting coordinator. The Cavalier offenses set twelve team season records and eight individual season records. The 2014 squad finished with a 44-20 record while falling a game shy of attending the NJCAA World Series. The East Central District Runner-up finish and #15 national ranking was the best finish in program history.
In his four years at Darton State working with infielders and catchers, Huff had seven GCAA Gold Glove award winners. In 2012, first baseman Casey James was named GCAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year. James' two errors in 359 chances also landed him on the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove All-American team. Shortstop Cody Wofford earned national recognition being placed on the 2013 NJCAA All-American team batting .376 in his sophomore season while producing 86 runs and stealing 23 bases.
On the bases in 2012, the Cavaliers stole 122 bags setting a school record and leading the conference in the category. The Cavalier base runners were able to best this feat in 2013 swiping 189 bags which was the 2nd best total in the NJCAA. Again in 2014, the Cavs placed 2nd in the nation with 169 stolen bases.
In total, 66 players coached by Huff have moved on to play four-year college or professional baseball at all the various levels.
Before coming back to Darton College, Huff had begun a career in business. During that time, he also served as the junior varsity head coach at Deerfield-Windsor School and as an assistant for a local American Legion squad.
As a player at Darton College for the 2004-05 seasons, Huff was a 2005 All-GJCAA shortstop for Coach Glenn Eames. He was voted by his teammates as team captain for the Cavalier squad that had previously set the record for the most wins in school history. He set three individual records at the college including single season total at-bats, base-on-balls, and hit-by-pitch. After graduating from Darton, he spent his junior year at Division I power Coastal Carolina under Gary Gilmore. For his senior season, he transferred to Valdosta State and received Academic All-Gulf South Conference honors as the Blazer shortstop in 2007. He led the Blazers in hits, runs, and stolen bases. After his collegiate career, he had a brief professional career in 2007 playing in the South Coast League. Huff was a middle infielder for Phil Plantier’s Macon Music team that won the second half league championship.
The Albany, Georgia native and Westover High School graduate earned his Associate of Business Administration degree from Darton College and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Valdosta State University. In 2010, he completed his Master of Business Administration degree from Kennesaw State University. Huff married the former Jenna McWilliams in October of 2011. They have three daughters, Devon (5 yr), Canon (3 yr), and Fallon (1 yr).