John Henry recently concluded his 12th season as head men's basketball coach.
Henry, who owns a career record of 235-156, has produced 27 all-conference performers, nine All-Americans, 56 academic all-conference selections, and 18 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Henry became the Statesmen head coach seven games into the 2001-2002 season and has since turned the program into a perennial power. He has headed four teams to Midwest Collegiate Conference titles (2006, 2007, 2008, 2013) and four to NAIA Division II National Tournaments (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013). Seven of his squads have reached the MCC Tournament Finals (three titles in 2007, 2008, 2013), while the 2013 team won a school-record 34 games, highlighted by a 20-game winning streak.
The 2012-2013 campaign was memorable for much more than its win total as the Statsemen also garnered their first-ever #1 ranking. William Penn entered nationals as the top seed and not only won its first game ever down in Point Lookout, Mo., but made a great run all the way to the NAIA championship game.
William Penn, which was undefeated at home (14-0) and in league play (12-0), reached 100 points on 11 occasions during the season.
The MCC Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2013, Henry was a former Statesmen basketball player, graduating from William Penn in 1997 with a degree in physical education and recreation. After graduation, he coached and taught at the high school level at North Mahaska, Oskaloosa, Clarinda Academy, and Twin Cedars.
After returning to his alma mater, Henry also served as the head men's and women's cross country coach in 2000 and 2001. He was named MCC Coach of the Year in 2001 for both the men and women after both squads won league titles. The men's team also captured the NAIA Region VII championship in 2001 and competed in the NAIA National Championships.
Originally from Newton, Henry resides in Albia with his wife Maggie, a 1998 Penn graduate, and their two children, Cole and Ellie.