Henson and company named regional staff of the year

By Jake Knabel on Dec. 13, 2017 in Women's Soccer

SEWARD, Neb. – Head coach Greg Henson and his Concordia University women’s soccer staff has picked up a prestigious honor as a result of their championship season. On Wednesday (Dec. 13), the United Soccer Coaches recognized Henson and company as the NAIA Plains Regional Staff of the Year. After leading the program to its first-ever conference regular-season title, Henson also collected GPAC Coach of the Year accolades this fall.

Henson’s staff includes goalkeeper coach Dan Ball and assistants Amy Panayi and Annika Uden. A 2010 Concordia graduate, Uden is an original member of Henson’s staff. Previously the head girls’ varsity soccer coach at Lutheran High School in St. Charles, Mo., Henson just completed his fifth season at Concordia.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Henson has overseen the most successful stretch in the history of a women’s soccer program that began in 1996. Henson has compiled a five-year record that includes an overall record of 70-25-11, four conference title game appearances, three GPAC championships (two postseason, one regular season), two trips to the national tournament and a national ranking as high as 16th. Henson is the winningest coach in Bulldog women’s soccer history.

The 2017 squad went unbeaten (9-0-1) through GPAC regular-season action while limiting conference opponents to just a single goal. At 15-2-4 overall, Concordia was just one win shy of the school’s single-season record owned by the 2014 conference tournament titlist. First team All-GPAC selections this season included GPAC Defensive Player of the Year Lindsey Carley along with Chelsea Bright and Maria Deeter.