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ASSISTANT COACH IAN HENRY

Ian Henry enters his first season with the Central Arkansas men’s soccer program after being announced as assistant coach on April 6th, 2018. He joins the Bears after spending the past three seasons at Evansville.

During his three years in Evansville, Henry gained unique insight into the Bears and the Missouri Valley as a whole, helping guide the Purple Aces to 24 wins, including seven in MVC play and a pair of MVC Tournament victories. Evansville increased its win total in each of Henry’s seasons on staff, going from three in 2015 to 11 this past season. His first taste of the MVC came at SIUE, where he spent two seasons as the Cougars’ Director of Operations, helping the team to 21 wins in two seasons and an MVC Championship Match appearance in 2012.

Prior to Evansville, Henry served two seasons as an assistant coach at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where he helped the Panthers to 28 wins in two seasons and a NCAA Division II Tournament second round appearance.
While at Drury, Henry was the head coach of the PDL’s Springfield Demize, who he guided to a third-place conference finish in 2013, the club’s best-ever finish to that point.

In all phases of his coaching career, Henry has exhibited an ability to make an immediate impact, helping each of his teams improve immediately, with Drury moving from a 13-7 (.650) mark in 2013 to a 16-5 record (.762) and number four national ranking in 2014, while Evansville jumped from 3-13 (.188) in 2015 to 10-8-3 (.548) and a nation ranking of 22 in 2016.

Henry, who played collegiately and earned a B.S. in Sports Management from Missouri Baptist University, has also helped guide a number of players to the professional ranks, including Mark Anthony Gonzalez (Swope Park Rangers, Reno 1868) and Ian McGrath (Nashville SC) at Evansville, Jack Mathis (Saint Louis FC) at Drury, and Matt Polster (Chicago Fire, US National U23) and John Berner (Colorado Rapids, Charlotte Independence, Phoenix Rising) at SIUE.

Henry holds coaching licenses from the Football Association of Ireland and the United State Soccer Federation. He and his wife, Christina, have one son, Noah (7).