July 31, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown has accepted the resignation of Pat Henner, a veteran coach and mentor to dozens of student-athletes. Henner informed Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed that he will leave his position as Director of the Track and Field and Cross Country programs after sixteen years of service to the University.
Reed expressed his gratitude to Coach Henner for his service to Georgetown. “Georgetown Athletics is blessed with some of the highest quality coaches in the nation. I consider Pat to be among this elite company,” said Reed. “Pat is a talented coach who embodies Georgetown's model of a life lived in service to others and of a commitment to educate the whole person. We are grateful for his dedication to our student-athletes and his commitment to his work and wish him continued success in his coaching career.”
Henner served Georgetown as a committed coach and leader, as Director of the men’s and women’s Track and Field and Cross Country programs for the past eight years and as an assistant coach for eight years prior to that. Coach Henner’s achievements as a head coach at Georgetown’s nationally competitive Division I track and field program have included the 2011 NCAA Women's Cross Country Champions, three NCAA Cross Country Podium Finishes, nine top-10 teams at the NCAA Championships, over 150 All Americans, Big East Team Championships, and numerous Academic All-Americans.
“Through Coach Henner’s leadership, Georgetown’s program has not only achieved unprecedented success, but countless student-athletes have benefited individually from his leadership and passion for the sport,” said Reed. “Coach Henner is passionate about teaching, coaching and mentoring his student-athletes. He focuses on improving each student-athlete’s skills and helps them become champion athletes and stronger students.”
Henner reflected on what he considered to be the keys to his success. “I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to have led this program for the past eight seasons, and I thank all of the student-athletes and coaches who have been with me and the program during this time. I attribute all of these achievements to my talented and committed assistants working in concert with our dedicated student-athletes,” he said.
Addressing the recent investigations into allegations of racial bias and misconduct within the program, Reed noted that the investigations found no wrongdoing by Coach Henner. On July 31, the University announced that investigations found no racial bias in the track program, and that Henner and the other coaches had no knowledge of misconduct by student-athletes.
Speaking about his decision to resign, Coach Henner prioritized the interests of the student-athletes and the future of the track program, expressing his belief that the conclusion of two investigations into misconduct among members of the track program offered an opportunity for new leadership. “I have always demanded the highest athletic and personal standards for my coaches and student-athletes,” said Henner. “I regret that some students engaged in behavior that fell short of these expectations. I recognize the University’s need to move forward with a fresh start and I do not want to be a distraction in that process.”
“Coach Henner has been a partner to the University in articulating the expectations that the University has set for our student-athletes,” said Reed. “We were disappointed that some of our student-athletes did not meet the expectations we have set and we will be working with our coaches to help rebuild our community. Coach Henner expressed to me his belief that this is a time for new leadership in the track program. I respect his decision and the selflessness that he has demonstrated during a difficult time for our track program. It is exemplary of his character and dedication to our student-athletes.”
Reed will begin a process to determine the leadership and coaching staff of the track program going forward.