Greg Henson Athletics
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Alma Mater: Webster University
Greg Henson was officially announced as Concordia University head women's soccer coach on June 19, 2013. After five seasons at the helm of the program, Henson owns an overall record of 70-25-11.
The St. Louis native guided the program to new heights in 2014 as the Bulldogs upset No. 20 Hastings in the GPAC tournament title game to clinch Concordia's first-ever women's soccer national tournament appearance. Along the way, the 2014 team broke program single-season records for wins (16), shutouts (12) and fewest goals allowed (since broken). In addition, Henson's second Bulldog squad became the first ever to earn a national ranking (No. 24) and go undefeated against conference opponents (9-0-4).
The 2014 season was just a start. The four winningest seasons in program history have all come over the last four years. During that time, the Bulldogs have gone a combined 60-16-12 with two GPAC tournament titles (2014, 2016), one outright conference regular-season championship (2017) two national tournament trips, four-straight conference championship game appearances and a national ranking as high as 16th.
The 2016 team became the first in program history to ever host the GPAC championship game, a feat repeated in 2017. At the time, it also equaled the 2014 edition for the school's most wins in a single season (a win was added in 2017 to the 2014 team's record due to the use of an ineligible player by an opponent). In addition, the 2015 GPAC runner up broke the 2014 squad's record for fewest goals allowed in a year. The record was re-set in 2017 (14 goals allowed).
Henson's first five seasons have produced nine first team all-conference selections: Jordan Donohoue (2013), Rachel Mussell (2014), Jessica Skerston (2014), Melissa Stine (2014), Sami Birmingham (2016), Maria Deeter (2016, 2017) Chelsea Bright (2017) and Lindsey Carley (2017). In her first season as a starting keeper, Carley became the program's first conference player of the year since 2003.
Individual records were broken in 2014 by sophomore Chrissy Lind (most goalkeeper shutouts - 10) and Skerston (most game-winning goals - eight). Lind ended her career with virtually all major school career goalkeeping records, such as most games and minutes played, shutouts and saves.
In the classroom, Henson's squads have earned marks that have equaled their high performance standards on the field. The 2013 Bulldogs led the NAIA in number of scholar-athletes and topped all women's soccer programs nationally (NAIA and all NCAA divisions) with a combined 3.75 GPA. Concordia women's soccer has continued to rank among the top 10 NAIA programs in terms of team GPA.
Henson came to Concordia after serving as head girls’ varsity soccer coach at Lutheran High School in St. Charles, Mo., where he earned 2011 and 2013 Archdiocesan Athletic Association (AAA) Coach of the Year honors. In total, Henson possessed 12 years of soccer coaching experience at the collegiate, high school and club levels prior to his arrival at Concordia.
As head girl's coach at Lutheran High School, Henson guided the Lady Cougars to the state tournament quarterfinals and the school’s second most victories in program history in 2013 during a 17-7 campaign that included Lutheran’s first-ever Class 1 District 7 championship and first AAA Conference championship. For its remarkable season, Henson was named Class 1 Central Region Coach of the Year. He served as head coach for three seasons at Lutheran.
In addition, Henson worked as an assistant women’s coach at Lindenwood University in St. Charles for two seasons (2011-12). In this role he contributed in virtually all aspects of the program, including training, game planning and recruiting. He also instructed Freshman Orientation, a two-credit course at Lindenwood.
Prior to his time at Lutheran and Lindenwood, Henson enjoyed a successful tenure as head men’s soccer coach at St. Louis Community College in 2009 and 2010. He directed the Highlanders to the 2010 Midwest Community College Athletic Conference title and was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
Henson holds a United States Soccer Federation National “B” License and Level III Goalkeeping Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He coached at the club level in the St. Louis area from 2001 – 2010 and has, in recent years, held positions as staff coach for the Missouri Olympic Development Program, assistant coach for the St. Louis Lions of the Premier Development League, assistant tournament director for the St. Louis College Showcase and tournament director for the annual Highlander Futsal Classic.
In addition to his main role as head women’s soccer coach, Henson serves as director of intramurals and teaches classes within the health and human performance department at Concordia.
Henson holds a bachelor of arts in human resource management from Webster University (1998) and a master of arts in sports management from Lindenwood (2013).
Bulldogs Under Coach Henson
2013: 10-9-1 Overall, 5-5 GPAC
2014: 16-3-3 Overall, 7-0-3 GPAC
2015: 14-5-2 Overall, 7-3-1 GPAC
2016: 15-6-1 Overall, 7-3 GPAC
2017: 15-2-4 Overall, 9-0-1 GPAC (1st place)
Total: 70-25-11 Overall, 35-11-5 GPAC (5 years)