August 10, 2011 – As the Fort Valley State University Lady Wildcats Volleyball and Basketball Teams get set for the 2011-12 season, a fresh face will be on the sidelines of both benches. Former California State University- Fresno Women’s Basketball standout Erica Henry is the latest addition to the FVSU Coaching Staff. Henry will serve as an assistant coach to head coaches Emory Lightfoot (volleyball) and Lonnie Bartley(women’s basketball). She joins Dwain Powe who is also an assistant coach with the volleyball program.
Henry graduated from California State University-Fresno in 2008 with a B.S. in interdisciplinary health and rehabilitation services. She is currently working on a master’s of education degree in health and physical education.
As co-captain of the 2008 California State University-Fresno Women’s Basketball Team, Henry led the squad to the Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships and to a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) play-off appearance. In the 2007-2008 season, she led the WAC in field goal percentage (.650) and was named defensive player of the year twice, in 2007 and 2008.
Prior to joining the FVSU coaching staff, Henry served as the assistant coach of Women’s Basketball at Darton College in Albany, Georgia from 2009 to 2011. While there, she also taught physical education and recreation classes and directed the office of sports information.
In addition to coaching assignments at FVSU, Henry is a fitness and recreation instructor who will provide assistance to the FVSU athletics compliance and sports information offices.
“I am so excited about joining the Wildcats coaching staff. To be able to make a contribution to the growth and development of the student-athletes at what is becoming one of the nation’s premiere NCAA Division II Programs is a dream come true. My challenge now is to ensure that those who have placed their confidence in me never regret that decision.”