The Winston-Salem State University women’s basketball coaching staff has been completed with the hiring of James Henry. Along with new WSSU women’s basketball head coach L’Tona Lamonte and returning assistant coach Annitra Cole, the Rams women’s basketball coach will lead the program into the next chapter in the storied history of Rams women’s basketball.
“I am thrilled to welcome James Henry to WSSU,” Lamonte said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Coach Henry has a great eye for talent and is passionate about seeing our young women develop as leaders on and off the basketball court. We look forward to the impact he will make here at WSSU and in the community.”
Henry comes to Winston-Salem State after spending the past five seasons at New Smyrna Beach High School where he served as the girls’ basketball head coach. From 2011-16, he helped to guide the Cudas program into becoming a prestigious program with a 48-8 overall record over the past two seasons and claiming back-to-back district championships and reaching the Sweet 16 in the Florida High School State Series. The program also enjoyed success in the classroom with the girls’ basketball team boasting a 3.0 combined team GPA. The team also regularly did volunteer projects in the community. In addition to coaching girls’ basketball, Henry also served as the head track & field coach at New Smyrna Beach High.
“I am very appreciative to Coach Lamonte for giving me the opportunity to advance my coaching career at WSSU,” Henry said. “I’m excited to be a part of such a great university and special women’s basketball program. I’m ready to be a part of building this program and looking forward to working with the staff that is committed to Winston-Salem State University.”
In addition to his coaching duties at New Smyrna Beach, Henry also worked with the Central Florida Elite Basketball Organization where he helped to develop many NCAA Division I players as the assistant director of basketball operations for the Central Florida Elite travel team, one of only 32 teams sponsored by Nike, and competed in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.
Henry is a 2002 graduate of Central Florida University. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. He is married to Charlene HenryAssistant Coach D2 Henry