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