Ian Henry Added to Men’s Soccer Staff

Ian Henry Added to Men’s Soccer Staff

Lindenwood men’s football head coach Kris Bertsch has announced the addition of Ian Henry as an assistant coach ahead of the 2023 season.

“I am extremely happy to welcome Ian Henry and his family to Lindenwood,” said Bertsch. “Not only is Ian an experienced and great coach, he is an even better person. It goes without saying that he will transition into the program quickly as he shares the same values ​​and vision of what it takes. to build a championship culture.” Bertsch was quick to hire his assistant as he feels he brings a lot to the table.

“Ian’s football experience and strong connections locally, nationally and internationally will be instrumental in shaping a championship program on and off the pitch. He has an excellent sense of talent and what translates to the college level. Ian is passionate about coaching and is capable of teaching game-winning details and developing student-athletes to their full potential. Ian embodies what we look for in people at Lindenwood Soccer; humble, hungry and open to learning. We’re all very happy that Coach Henry hit the ground running in Lindenwood!”

Henry comes to Lindenwood after spending the last three years as MLS Next Director of Coaching at Saint Louis Scott Gallagher (SLSG). Meanwhile, Henry has coached 180 of the city’s best players across five age groups in MLS Next. He also trained and promoted players to the top tier, which included 34 NCAA Division I athletes, 38 MLS Academy players, seven U.S. National Team representatives, and six MLS Drafts.

Prior to his move to SLSG, Henry spent a season as an assistant coach at SIUE. He also had stops in Evansville and central Arkansas at the collated level. While in Central Arkansas, he helped guide the Bears to the 2018 MVC regular season and tournament title. From 2015 to 2017, Henry was the top assistant coach at Evansville. During his three years at Evansville, Henry helped the Purple Aces to 24 wins, including seven in MVC play and two MVC tournament wins. Evansville increased its win tally in each of Henry’s seasons on the staff, from three in 2015 to 11 in 2017.

Henry also spent two seasons at Drury where he helped the Panthers to 28 wins over two seasons and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. While at Drury, Henry was the head coach of the PDL’s Springfield Demize, whom he guided to a third-place conference finish in 2013, the club’s best finish to date.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Henry played college football at Missouri Baptist where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He holds coaching licenses from the Football Association of Ireland and the United State Soccer Federation.

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