Coach Henry enters his 8th season as the Assistant Head Coach and Co- Defensive Coordinator for the Blazers. Some of the Highlights for the Defense in those first 7 years include 527 Tackles for Loss, 165 Sacks, 143 Turnovers and 16 Shutouts in 79 games! The 2013 Defense looks to improve from last year. Many new faces will be seeing Varsity time on Friday Nights. We are expecting great things from these young men. Kris has 19 years of coaching experience, and this season will be coaching the Varsity Outside Linebackers.
Coach Henry began his coaching career in 1995 as the 7th grade Head Coach at Great Bend Middle School in Great Bend, Kansas. In 1996, Coach Henry moved to Great Bend High School as an assistant coach for the 9th grade team. From 1997 to 2000, he was the Defensive Coordinator and also coached linebackers and defensive line for the Great Bend High School Panthers. In 2001, Kris took a position as the Defensive Coordinator and linebackers’ coach at Claflin High School in Claflin, Kansas. The following year, he took over the program as Head Coach for the Claflin Wildcats. That year, in 2002, the Wildcats had a record of 12 wins and 1 loss and ended the year as the State Runner-Up in Class 2-1A. In 2003, Coach Henry accepted a position as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Larned High School in Larned, Kansas. He held that position for three years before joining Coach Diener on their move to Gardner Edgerton in 2006.
Coach Henry's coaching honors include being named the 2002 Hutchinson News All Class Football Coach of the Year. That same year he was also voted Great Bend Tribune Golden Belt All Class Football Coach of the Year. In 2003, Coach Henry had the honor of serving as an Assistant Football Coach for the Shrine Bowl West Team.
Kris began his teaching career in 1995 as an Elementary Physical Education teacher for Great Bend Kansas public schools. Kris later taught high school weightlifting and was employed by the Great Bend schools until 2003. From 2003 to 2006, Kris was the Athletic Director and Weightlifting Coordinator for Larned High School in Larned Kansas. Presently, Kris is the PASS Room/Guided Studies and Athletic Development instructor at Gardner-Edgerton High School.
Coach Henry grew up in the town of Prague, Oklahoma, and played for Prague High School before graduating in 1989. In 1994 Kris graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BS in Health/Physical Education. In 2000 Coach Henry received his Masters degree from Fort Hays State University in Educational Administration.
Coach Henry was married onAugust 8, 1998, to Christy Henry. They have two children, a son, Tyler, who is 14 years old and a daughter, Marly, who is 11 years old. Kris' wife, Christy, is a school psychologist with the Gardner Edgerton USD 231 school district. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, following the Blazer football team, and watching her childrens' activities.Tyler is an avid Blazer fan and enjoys spending time with the GEHS football team and coaches. He will also begin his 5th year as full time ball boy for all varsity games. Tyler enjoys playing tackle football for Pioneer Ridge Middle School and summer baseball for the KC Barnstormers. Marly participates in Cheerleading for the 6th Grade Blazer football team and someday wants to be a High School Blazer cheerleader. Kris enjoys watching Tyler's teams and watching Marly cheer. In his spare time, he likes to play golf, fish and spending time with his family.