Track + Field Coaching Staff
Pat Henry
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Other Position: Head Coach
City/State: Albuquerque, N.M. ,
Alma Mater: Univ. of New Mexico (1973)

(updated 3/17/04)

25 NCAA Championships

One of the finest coaching minds in the track and field community, Pat Henry enters his 17th season at the helm of the LSU track and field program. Under Henry's direction, the Tiger program has attained unparalleled success, claiming 25 NCAA titles and 16 SEC crowns. As a university, LSU has accounted for 41 NCAA titles and Henry has served as head coach for over 60 percent of those.

While Henry oversees the direction of the entire LSU track and field program, he is primarily responsible for the men's sprint and relay events, two areas that have flourished under his tutelage.

In all, the Tigers and Lady Tigers have combined to win an unprecedented 15 national titles in the 4x100-meter relay and eight NCAA titles in the 4x400-meter relay in Henry's 16 years at the helm. His relays made history during the 1992 season, as LSU became the first school in NCAA history to claim gold in both the men and women's 4x100 in the same year. Henry's relay team have since duplicated the feat, sweeping the 4x100 relays in 1993, 1994 and 2003.

While Henry's coaching accomplishments are legendary, it didn't take 16 years for people to recognize that he was creating something special at LSU.

In 1988, Henry's first season in Baton Rouge, he guided the Lady Tigers to the NCAA Outdoor Championship. He then followed that up with two history making seasons.

At the 1989 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Provo, Utah, LSU became the first school in NCAA history to claim both the men's and women's national titles in the same year, and Henry became just the third coach in NCAA history to enjoy national championships in both a men's and women's sport.

Henry's teams went on to repeat that success during the 1990 season, as both the Tigers and Lady Tigers won team gold at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Durham, N.C.

1993 was another banner year for the LSU track and field program under Henry as the women won the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the men finished second at the national meet.

The Lady Tigers dominance continued between the 1994 and 1996 seasons as they sweep the NCAA Championships, claiming the indoor and outdoor titles all three years.

1997 proved to be a true testament to Henry's abilities as he led a young and inexperienced women's squad to a pair of national crowns against heavily favored teams. The Lady Tigers capped an incredible four-day stretch in Bloomington, Ind., with a 43-point final day outburst, to edge Texas by a single point, 63-62. The finish marked the closest in NCAA history and the Lady Tigers' 11th consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championship, a streak that still stands as the longest winning streak in the history of women's athletics.

In addition to the widely recognized success of Henry's women's teams from 1988-97, his men's squads placed among the top-seven in the nation at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in nine of those 10 years. In all, under Henry's guidance, the Tigers have claimed four national crowns and averaged a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.


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