UTA was seventh in the Sun Belt Conference last season in scoring defense.
Talby Justus joined Maverick basketball in May 2013 after spending three years as a member of the New Mexico State Junior College coaching staff.
In his first year assisting with the women's basketball program, the Lady Thunderbirds set four new program records. In 2012 the Lady Thunderbirds went 32-5, won their first ever WJCAC Conference Championship, then went on to win one of the toughest Region tournaments in the Nation. Winning The Region 5 Tournament qualified them for the NJCAA Div. 1 National Tournament in Salina, KS.
At the National Tournament, the Lady Thunderbirds went 3-1 and finished fifth in the country. These accomplishments were new benchmarks for the rising program.
In 2013 the Lady Thunderbirds split the WJCAC Conference Title and went 23-5. Justus' combined record at NMJC is 55-10. In his final season, he helped coach the Lady Thunderbirds to their fourth-straight regional berth.
Prior to his move to the collegiate level, the Stillwater, Oklahoma native worked in the high school ranks, most recently at Ripley High School. He built the girls program at Ripley into a respected program by going 68-18 the past three seasons with a trip to the Area Tournament and two conference championships.
He spent three years previous at Glencoe High School where he led that program to the first state championship in school history in 2006 and in 2007 led them to the State Runner-up. He finished his tenure at Glencoe with a record of 76-17 and led the state in points allowed per game for three straight years.
Justus was one of four finalists for Oklahoma's Boys Basketball Coach of the Year in 2006 and named by his peers the District II Basketball Coach of the Year in 2007.
In 2006, Justus was asked to coach in the Oklahoma All-Star Games. He was also named the Cimarron Valley Conference Coach of the Year on four different occasions.
Justus played four years of college basketball. He first attended Northern Oklahoma Junior College in Tonkawa, Okla., then finished his collegiate career at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas.
During his tenure at Tabor, he was named KCAC All-Conference and made an Elite Eight and Final Four appearance in the NAIA II National Tournament in 1996 and 1997. On May 15, 2010 Tabor College inducted the 1996-97 team into the Tabor College Hall of Fame.
During his high school career, at Pawnee High School, Justus played for his father, Harley Justus, who has coached in Oklahoma for more than 35 years.
Justus earned his Bachelor's Degree from Tabor College in 2007 earned a Master's Degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Justus and his wife, Lori, are very proud of their three children Talby Jr., Holton, and Makenna.