Chris Henry has been fortunate to coach some successful boys soccer programs, still early in his career.
On Thursday, the former Johnson assistant coach was tabbed as head coach at East Hall. Henry takes the position previously held by Mark Wade, who has accepted a job at Union County.
The hire was made public in a press release from Hall County schools athletics director Stan Lewis and Vikings athletics director Adam Rich.
“I am excited about the opportunity to coach the East Hall boys’ soccer program, Henry said. “This program has had a lot of recent success, backed by a community that loves soccer. I am thankful for (Johnson head coach) Frank Zamora and (former Johnson head coach) Brian Shirley for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing program at Johnson High School for five years. I look forward to building on the strong foundation that has already been set here at East Hall.”
In 2021, East Hall finished state runner-up in Class 4A.
As an assistant coach, Henry was on staff at Johnson when it won the state championship in 2018 and was Class 5A runner-up in 2021. In 2020, Johnson was ranked No. 1 nationally in the pandemic-shortened season.
“Coach Henry is going to be a great addition to the East Hall soccer program,“ Rich said. “He has championship experience with Johnson High School, as well as head coaching experience at North Hall. I look forward to seeing Coach Henry develop relationships with our student athletes and to build upon the success that we have already had at East Hall in our soccer program.
Henry is a 2010 graduate of Johnson High and was a two-time All-Region selection. Most recently, he competed for the Lanier Soccer Association Pro in the USPL in 2019.
He is a 2014 graduate of the University of North Georgia.