Veteran WMC coach Henry announces retirement

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Veteran prep football and basketball coach Michael Henry is retiring after heading the girls basketball program at Western Michigan Christian the last two years.

His teams won back-to-back conference titles and advanced to the regional round of the state tournament this winter.

In a letter to Athletic Director John Swinburne and Principal Doug Doty, Henry said:

“I am resigning the position of girls basketball coach and retiring from coaching effective immediately. I will do anything requested of me to assist in a smooth transition of scouting materials and statistics to the new coach.

“During the two years at WMC, I can think of nothing but positives about my experience. I believe that the Lord said that after coaching football and boys basketball for 40-plus years, I needed to experience coaching girls basketball before leaving the profession.  I leave, thankful for this opportunity. The players have been fantastic both as basketball players and young Christian ladies.  I am proud to have had the opportunity to know them and their families.

“My reasons for not continuing are mainly centered on family, time and distance. Health becomes more of an issue through the years and with no relatives in Michigan for either myself or Ginny, we need to get away to see family more now than in the past. This makes it difficult to stay and difficult to leave and be fair to the basketball program.”

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