Local Sports Journal

Veteran 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 this season advanced to the Class C regionals.

In a letter to the WMC administration, Henry wrote, in part:

“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. Hopefully, we supported their growth as part of a Christ-centered outlook and experience through basketball.

“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.  The distances are not close enough to go for just a day there and back.”

“I hope that God is pleased with what we did in the short time at WMC. I know that I received blessings, memories and friendships during my time there.”