Dionne Henley, a two-time Olympian (1992 and 1996), was named Coastal Carolina assistant track and field coach in the summer of 2017 Henley will focus on the sprints, hurdles and relays for the Chanticleer men’s and women’s track and field programs.
Henley spent the past seven years at Central Michigan (2010-16). She worked with the long sprints and relays for Mark Guthrie's combined men's and women's track and field program. In 2012 Henley worked with the women’s 4x400m Chippewa relay team that eventually broke the indoor school record and finished runner-up at the MAC Championships with a time of 3:14.19. Renaldo Powell won MAC Indoor titles in the 60-meter hurdles in both 2012 and 2014. Chippewas to win MAC outdoor championships under Henley’s coaching include Braden Post (2010 and ’12 400-meter hurdles), Parker Scott (2013 and ’14 400m hurdles), the 2015 4x400 relay and Ziemowit Dutkiewicz (2016 40m hurdles).
Prior to joining Central Michigan, Henley served as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University for two years (2008 and ’09). TSU experienced immediate success with Henley on the staff, capturing the Ohio Valley Conference indoor championship in her first season with the Tigerbelles in 2008.
Henley’s coaching career began as an assistant at her alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University, under hall of fame coach Dean Hayes for two seasons (2005-07). She worked primarily with the sprints, hurdles and jumps. In her time at MTSU, the Raiders won three Sun Belt Conference titles and she trained four All-Americans.
Henley was one of MTSU's most accomplished athletes, setting six school records in her time. She became the Blue Raiders' first individual NCAA national champion in 1994, claiming the title in the indoor 55-meter hurdles (7.60), and she added a fourth-place in the long jump (20-4/25). All told, Henley earned All-American honors in four events that season, including the 55m hurdles and long jump during the indoor season and the 100-meter hurdles (eighth place) and long jump (fourth place) for the outdoor season. She was also selected the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track Woman of the Year that season.
In 2006, Henley was inducted into the MTSU Sports Hall of Fame.
Henley started her collegiate track and field career at Florida. In 1992, she was the 1992 Southeastern Conference outdoor long jump champion (20-11) and earned two NCAA Indoor All-American honors that season as she placed second in 55m hurdles and eighth in the long jump.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Henley brings a great deal of international experience to the table. She is a two-time Olympian in 100m hurdles. Representing Jamaica, Henley reached the semifinals in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and placed fifth in the finals the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Henley additionally placed fifth at the 1995 World Championship, sixth at the 1997 World Championship, fourth at the 1998 World Cup, sixth at the 1999 World Championship and sixth at the 2001 World Championship. In addition to her accomplishments in the Olympics and World Championships, Henley also placed fifth in the 100m hurdles at the 2001 Goodwill Games and was first in the event at the 2002 Caribbean Games.
Henley graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in Leisure and Recreation in 2005.
The Henley File
1995: University of Texas Volunteer Assistant
2005-2007: Middle Tennessee State University Assistant Coach
2008-2009: Tennessee State University Assistant Coach
2010-2016: Central Michigan University Assistant Coach
2017-pres.: Coastal Carolina University Assistant Coach