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FORT VALLEY, GA  – Fort Valley State University interim athletics director Willie Williams has announced the appointment of Erica Henry as interim head women’s basketball coach.Erica HenryHenry

“I am excited to have Erica Henry joining our family, “ said Williams.  “Her skill set and personality fit perfectly into our Wildcats family. We're looking forward to her return.”

The Shreveport, LA native is joining the Lady Wildcats for the first time as head coach but this will be Coach Henry’s second stop at FVSU, as she served as an assistant coach in 2011-12 under Coach Lonnie Bartley.

Before coaching at FVSU, Henry was an assistant coach at Grambling State University. At GSU under head coach Patricia Bibbs, Henry was instrumental in recruiting the No. 1 recruiting class in the country in 2013, which included two-Parade All-Americans.  She primarily worked with the post players and served as the practice coordinator, scouting coordinator and academic coach.

Prior to Gambling State, Henry coached at FVSU as an assistant coach for women’s basketball and volleyball. She helped lead the team to a 22-7 overall record, a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) regular season title, SIAC championship and a NCAA DII tournament appearance.

Before her stint at FVSU, she served as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Darton College (GA). There, she helped guide the Lady Cavaliers to back-to-back 20 win seasons and back-to-back Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Final Four appearances in the State Tournament.

Prior to her coaching career, Coach Henry played collegiate basketball at Fresno State University, where she earned many accolades and awards. She also led her team to the school's first-ever Western Athletic Conference regular season championship, WAC tournament championship and an NCAA appearance. Henry's teams appeared in two National Invitational Tournaments (NIT) in 2005 and 2007.

Coach Henry earned her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Health and Rehabilitation Services from California State University-Fresno and is currently completing her master of education degree in Health and Physical Education from Albany State University.


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