Andrew Henry, pictured above, is excited to represent Greens Farms Academy as its new varsity girls soccer coach.
He is, after all, a man who has played for his own schools and even his own home country of Jamaica, so he understands the concept of a team’s pride in the sport.
“Any type of institution where you have a ton of kids pass through, and you have alumni, there’s a history there and that’s exciting,” Henry said. “It’s always exciting and it’s a new challenge for me.”
Henry was hired recently to replace Freya Coombe, who left GFA after one season due to a professional opportunity that took her outside of Connecticut.
Having been born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Henry represented his country starting at the U-14 age-group level all the way through Jamaica’s senior national team.
His on-field talents led to a handful of offers to play college soccer in the United States. He began his collegiate career at the University of Rhode Island before transferring to St. John’s University.
He has been coaching youth and travel soccer since 2009 and is employed by Next Level Soccer Training.
“We are excited to have Andrew join our athletic department to lead our girls soccer program,” GFA athletic director Tauni Butterfield said. “His passion for the game shows and his knowledge of the sport is really going to be beneficial to our student-athletes this fall and beyond.”
Henry said he hoped he found a new home the day he arrived on campus for the first time.
“The school sold itself,” Henry said. “When you drive in, you feel like you’re somewhere special and who doesn’t want to be part of something special?”
Henry said his ultimate goal is for his players to feed off his passion for the game and for them to get better as soccer players as part of their education.
“Passion. I am passionate about it,” he admitted. “I’m also experienced. I’ve played for my country and I still play today. The game is always changing and want to bring my passion and know-how to the students of GFA.”
The Dragons open the season when preseason practices on Aug. 20. The first scrimmage is Aug. 29 against Hackley while the regular season opens on Sept. 11 at Christian Heritage.