RABBITTOWN — East Hall has hired Johnson assistant Chris Henry to take the helm of the Vikings boys soccer program next season.
East Hall High School Athletic Director Adam Rich made the announcement on Thursday.
“Coach Henry is going to be a great addition to the East Hall soccer program," Rich said. “He has championship experience with Johnson High School, as well as head coaching experience at North Hall. I look forward to seeing Coach Henry develop relationships with our student-athletes and to build upon the successes that we have already had at East Hall in our soccer program.”
Henry said he is excited to take over the East Hall program.
“This program has had a lot of recent success, backed by a community that loves soccer," Henry said. "I am thankful for Frank Zamora and Brian Shirley for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing program at Johnson High School for 5 years. I look forward to building on the strong foundation that has already been set here at East Hall.”
As a player, Coach Henry played for Johnson High School, earning all-region (2x) and all-area (2x) honors. Most recently, he played for LSA Pro in the UPSL during the 2019 season. Henry began his coaching career as an assistant boys soccer coach at Johnson High School in 2014, helping lead the team to the first-ever state championship appearance and a 21-2-0 record.
From 2014-2017, he was the head boys soccer coach and assistant boys basketball coach at North Hall High School. Since 2017, he has been an assistant coach for the Johnson High School boys’ soccer team. The Johnson boys’ soccer program won the 2018 GHSA 5A State Championship, played for a state title in 2021, and reached the final four during the 2019 season. During the shortened 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Johnson boys program was ranked No. 1 in the nation (United Coaches Poll) with an 8-0-0 record.
In the classroom, Henry has taught high school special education, middle school physical education, and most recently, elementary physical education at Chicopee Woods Elementary School.