Bethune-Cookman University Vice President Of Intercollegiate Athletics Lynn W. Thompson has announced today [January 17, 2020] ]the appointment of George Henry, who helped trained Serena and Venus Williams during their formative days, as the new Director of Tennis Operations.
“We are proud to have such an experienced teacher and coach to take the reigns of our program,” Thompson said. “Coach Henry’s journey has allowed him opportunities to be involved in the sport of tennis at various levels and he has run facilities, community programs and coached at the college level while teaching elite talent also. We are excited to have him join our family.”
Henry brings over 35 years of tennis coaching and administrative experience to BCU, most recently as the manager of the SE Tennis and Learning Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, Henry has served as the Tennis Director for the Harlem Armory Tennis Center and the Long Island Regional Director for the United States Tennis Association.
He also is president of GTen Services Inc., a North Miami-based company that trains, instructs and manages professional tennis players. In 1994, Henry worked as a tennis instructor at the Richard Williams Tennis Association, where he helped train Venus and Serena Williams while serving as a consultant to their father.
On the collegiate level, Henry has served as Head Coach for Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.
“I believe in building champions in sports and life through discipline, dedication and determination,”” Henry said. I would like to thank Lynn Thompson, Sandra Booker, Tony O’Neal and the entire BCU team for accepting me into the Wildcat family. I am honored and excited to be a part of the BCU Wildcat tradition!”
He is a 1991 graduate of North Carolina Central, where he was an all-conference player.
Bethune-Cookman’s Women team reached the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament championship match and has won four league titles. The Wildcat Men’s team was selected to finish second in the MEAC Southern Division in the preseason poll of coaches and sports information director while the women were picked to finish third.