Volunteer Assistant Coach
Texas A&M, 2013
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Keaton Henson enters his second season as a volunteer assistant coach with the SFA soccer program in 2015.
Henson made an immediate impact upon his arrival in Nacogdoches, helping the Ladyjacks post a 16-3-1 overall record in 2014, including a perfect 11-0 mark in Southland Conference play en route to the program’s fourth consecutive SLC regular season championship.
Serving primarily as a goalkeeper coach for the Ladyjacks, Henson helped coach one of the best keepers in the country in his first year on staff. Under his leadership, Morgan Glick ended her senior season ranked fifth in the nation in save percentage (.884) and 12th in goals against average (.569) while picking up First Team All-Southland Conference honors.
As a team, Henson saw his goalkeepers put up numbers comparable to the best in NCAA Division I soccer last season. With freshman Lillie Ehlert joining Glick between the posts in 2014, the duo helped the Ladyjacks finish the year ranked sixth in the country in shutout percentage (.650), seventh in save percentage (.876) and 11th in goals against average (.588).
Henson is also involved in the Nacogdoches youth soccer community on several fronts. He was named the Technical Director of the Texans and Challenge-Pines divisions in the spring of 2014 and assists with training sessions for the Nacogdoches Youth Soccer Association (NYSA).
Henson came to SFA already familiar with the Southland Conference, coming directly from Sam Houston State where he served as a graduate assistant and recruiting coordinator. Henson helped direct the Bearkat defense in 2013, tying the most shutouts in program history with eight.
Henson has spent the last five years with the Challenge and Texans soccer clubs, working with youth soccer players of all ages in Houston and in College Station. In 2013, Henson was promoted to interim Director of Coaching for the Challenge-Aggieland division, where he oversaw player development and club operations for the College Station community.
An active member of the USYSA Region III Olympic Development Program-State Coach, Henson helps identify premier talent in South Texas. He holds a USSF "D" license, a USSF National Youth License, a NSCAA National Goalkeeper Diploma and a NSCAA National Diploma.
Henson earned his Bachelor's of science degree in leadership development from Texas A&M in 2013, where he also worked closely with the Aggie women's soccer program and current SFA head coach Wally Crittenden.
Head coach Wally Crittenden on Keaton's hiring:
"It is great to round out our coaching staff as we head into the 2014 season. Keaton is a high energy and dynamic coach. He has been fortunate to be around some great coaches over the past couple of years and he has had a role in the achievements of those programs. I have worked with Keaton both at the collegiate and at the club level and am really excited about the experience and energy he will bring to our team and to the Nacogdoches community."