Henry Re­signs As Head Coach

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - By Rick Peck

Af­ter two wins in two years, Corey Henry re­cently re­signed as head coach of the McDon­ald County High School foot­ball team. Henry’s res­ig­na­tion was ac­cepted by the McDon­ald County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion at its Dec. 10 meet­ing..

Af­ter two wins in two years, Corey Henry re­cently re­signed as head coach of the McDon­ald County High School foot­ball team.

Henry’s res­ig­na­tion was ac­cepted by the McDon­ald County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion at its Dec. 10 meet­ing.

“It was just time for a change,” Henry said. “It is time for a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion. I ap­pre­ci­ate the boys for all their hard work. I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing that the par­ents have done. The coach­ing staff for the past two years that I have been head coach has been fab­u­lous. They have worked hard and were all ded­i­cated to the pro­gram. I just thank ev­ery­one for their sup­port, but it was time to move on in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.”

Henry came to McDon­ald County in the fall of 2012 when he was named head coach of the ju­nior high school pro­gram. He is a graduate of Miami (Ok­la­homa) High School.

Both of Henry’s wins came against the East New­ton Pa­tri­ots, in­clud­ing a 41-6 on Sept. 11 this year. Henry’s ten­ure with the Mus­tangs in­cluded the first year for McDon­ald County to com­pete in ath­let­ics in the Big 8 Con­fer­ence. Big 8 op­po­nents in­cluded La­mar (state cham­pion Class 2), Aurora (state semi­fi­nal­ist Class 3) and Carl Junc­tion (last minute loss to Webb City in the dis­trict cham­pi­onship game). Webb City (state run­ner-up Class 4), who de­feated McDon­ald County in the first round of the dis­trict play­offs, was also an op­po­nent the past two years.

Henry said his plans are to pursue a head coach­ing po­si­tion at the high school level, pos­si­bly in Ok­la­homa.

“I look to con­tinue to be a head coach,” Henry said. “I want to con­tinue down that ca­reer path. I en­joyed it. I like us­ing a per­sonal ap­proach with the kids. Be­ing a head coach gives you a lot more con­trol on the di­rec­tion you can take a pro­gram. I will definitely con­tinue my ca­reer as a head coach some­where.”

Henry said the most en­joy­able part of be­ing the head coach at McDon­ald County was work­ing with his play­ers.

“I love the kids here,” Henry said. “They’re one of a kind. They work hard. They buy into what you are teach­ing. They are ded­i­cated and loyal. There is no ques­tion that they are go­ing to come to prac­tice and work hard ev­ery day and give you ev­ery­thing they have. “

McDon­ald County is cur­rently in the process of seek­ing a new head coach for the 2016 sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Nick Martin, ath­letic di­rec­tor.

“First of all, I want to wish Coach Henry the best,” Martin said. “I ap­pre­ci­ate him giv­ing us enough time to find a coach and not putting us in a bad sit­u­a­tion where we are short on time. We have the po­si­tion posted and are in the process of find­ing some­body that will fit McDon­ald County well.

FILE PHOTO

McDon­ald County foot­ball coach Corey Henry re­signed the po­si­tion ear­lier this month. He said he plans to look for a head-coach­ing job.

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