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PHCC names new athletic director

Patrick Henry Community College has named Brian Henderson, current assistant athletic director, as the new director of athletics at the college. 

Henderson, 29, has served PHCC as activities coordinator, adjunct instructor, and head women’s basketball coach during his two-years at the college. He takes over the position Kathleen Brown held, who resigned earlier in the month.

“My ultimate goal was to eventually lead an athletic department, and I am blessed that PHCC gave me this opportunity,” Henderson said. “What attracted me to PHCC athletics was its leadership from the administration. I knew I could learn a lot from (PHCC President) Dr. (Angeline) Godwin and Christopher Parker. This college has created opportunities for students to be successful both in the classroom and on the court, and I want to build on that.” 

Prior to his tenure at PHCC, Henderson served as head boys basketball coach at George Washington High School in Danville, assistant men’s basketball coach at Virginia State University for four seasons and as assistant boys basketball coach of Petersburg.  

Additionally, he served as assistant director of recreation and leisure at Virginia State University, which included managing a host of programs and organizations.  He has been involved with fundraising, facility management, support services, student activities, media relations, community service, and coach/staff supervision.

Originally from Danville, Va., Henderson earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Virginia State University in 2007 and a master’s degree in the same discipline from VSU two years later.  He currently is pursuing his doctorate in education while also playing an active role in many nonprofit organizations all over.

PHCC’s athletic program consists of seven teams: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, and golf. Henderson said he hopes to see Patriot Athletics dominate first and foremost in the classroom, off the field and in the community.

“Brian has done a great job showing leadership skills in all aspects of his time here at PHCC,” said Parker, senior athletic administrator and vice president of institutional advancement. “I am very pleased to announce Brian as the third athletic director of Patrick Henry Community College. He will continue to move PHCC athletics in a positive direction.”

Henderson added, “I am a true believer in the student-athlete and the doors that being able to compete at a high level will open. I want experiences I’ve had to also be experienced by our student-athletes past, present, and future. However, we as leaders must emphasize the importance of being a student first and an athlete second, which will allow students to learn off and on the court, become professionals in their careers, and stewards of their communities. With our team of diverse coaches and staff in the athletic department, I believe PHCC has a bright future. I’m lucky to be a part of it.”