Kentucky State University head baseball coach Rob Henry is our guest on this edition of Black College Nines HBCU Baseball Coaches Podcast Series. Coach Henry has been at the helm of the Kentucky State baseball program since the 2013 season. This past 2018 season, the Kentucky State Thorobreds finished 23-23 overall, the programs third 20 plus wins in program history and the first time since 1989. The 20 win season was the second under Herny’s tenure as head coach.
Kentucky State was one game away from winning the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship having won four games in the SIAC tournament, losing in the conference championship for a trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
In his first year as a collegiate head coach, Rob Henry not only led the program to the most wins in 12 years, but had student-athletes honored for their performances in the classroom. Kentucky State was named the 2013 All-Academic team for having the highest average GPA in the SIAC and in NCAA Division II.
Henry began his college-coaching career at Kentucky Wesleyan College (1997-2001) where he worked with the infielders and assisted with batting techniques. Henry came from NCAA Division I level, having served as the Associate Head Baseball Coach at Cleveland State University from 2006-2011.
A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association since 1998, Coach Henry has published two articles (Collegiate Baseball in 2006 and Coaching Digest in May 2011) and served as a professional scout for the Kansas City Royals in 2006.
Henry earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Secondary Education (with minors in English and Physical Education) from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Master’s Degree in General History (with an emphasis in United Sates History) from Western Kentucky University.