Pat Henry, a former Del Norte Knight, was recently in town for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Pat is the head coach of the Texas A&M track and field program. He was featured in the Albuquerque Journal article “Texas A&M coach Henry comes home for NCAAs“.
Pat Henry, now in his ninth season as head coach of the Texas A&M track and field program, became the first coach to lead a school to three consecutive men’s and women’s NCAA Outdoor Championships when the Texas A&M Aggies accomplished the feat during the 2009-2010-2011 seasons. In 2013, the A&M men claimed their fourth NCAA Championship while the A&M women placed second. Twice the A&M men have placed second the NCAA Indoor (2010 & 2011) while the A&M women have finished fifth three times indoors (2010, 2011 & 2012) after placing second at the NCAA Indoor in 2009.
With seven NCAA Championships in his time at Texas A&M, Henry’s total number of national titles has reached 34 on the Division I level. In addition, Henry also claimed a pair of national titles on the NJCAA level while coaching at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. While Henry is currently third among all-time national team titles as a NCAA head coach. he has achieved the most championships for indoor and outdoor track and field national titles.
Henry established LSU as the pre-eminent track and field program in the country while he was there by winning 27 team NCAA championships with numerous team titles coming on both the men’s and women’s sides. In 1989, Henry became the first coach in NCAA history to win both men’s and women’s track and field national championships at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In 1990 his LSU squad repeated the feat and Henry was the only coach to claim consecutive double NCAA titles until he achieved the accomplishment again at Texas A&M in 2009 and 2010.