WASHINGTON – Michael Henchy, a former All-American and professional volleyball player, has been hired as an assistant volleyball coach at American University, head coach Barry Goldberg announced Thursday.
Henchy comes to AU after two seasons as a graduate assistant coach with the Springfield College men's volleyball program. During his time at Springfield, the school won the NCAA Division III national championship in 2018 and was a semifinalist in 2019.
Henchy was the Division III Assistant Coach of the Year in 2019 as selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
"I was initially excited by the legacy that Barry has created here at AU," Henchy said. "As I met Sarah (Katz), the players, the student managers, and all of the support staff connected to the team, I was sold on what an amazing program American Volleyball would be to join, and I am honored to now be a part of AU."
Henchy joins a staff that includes Eagle alumna Sarah Katz, who will be in her third season as an assistant coach; Goldberg, who will be in his 31st season as AU's head coach in 2019, and volunteer assistant Louella Maxwell.
"We're very happy to have Michael join our staff," said Goldberg. "His experience as an excellent coach and player will be of great value to our program."
Henchy said his experience as a player has given him perspective as a coach.
"Through all of these playing experiences I am able to coach with a broader scope of knowledge with a greater ability to understand a player's perspective and struggles," he said. "I know first-hand what a bad day at practice feels like, and I feel like my experience will help me relate with the players in a way that only a former athlete can do, and to help them find success on and off the court."
He was a two-year captain and four-year letter winner at Ohio State (2012-2015) and was an honorable mention All-American pick by the AVCA as a senior. He earned first team All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association honors in his sophomore and senior seasons. He earned Academic All-MIVA honors in all four seasons.
As a player, Henchy was one of only 16 Buckeyes to reach 1,000 kills in his career (1,001), was 12th in attack attempts (2,263), 9th in aces (88) and 16th in points (1,213.5) on OSU's career lists.
He played one season as a professional in Lamia, Greece, before returning to serve as a volunteer assistant during Ohio State's run to the 2017 NCAA Division I national title.
Henchy also played on the USA Volleyball Men's Junior National Team in 2013-14.
Henchy graduated from Ohio State in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication, including an emphasis in strategic communication. He earned a master's in physical education during his time at Springfield.