Feb. 19, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico head track and field coach Matt Henry and associate head coach Mark Henry announced today they will retire from UNM effective at the end of the 2007 outdoor season. The twin brothers are in their seventh season with the Lobos.
"We just felt that it was time for us to step aside," said Matt Henry. "We've done some pretty nice things since we've been here. Cross country in particular - we've been pretty successful on both the men's and women's sides. We've also had some good track and field performances over the years, but I'm most proud of the fact that we've done it almost entirely with New Mexico kids."
Matt, 54, graduated from UNM in 1975. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Lobo track team from 1971-74, earning All-America honors in 1972 as a member of the two-mile relay team that placed third at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Henry also helped the two-mile relay team set the school indoor record in the event in 1974.
Under Henry's tutelage, 13 UNM athletes have advanced to NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championship meets, giving the Lobos representation every year since 2002. New Mexico has also earned four All-America awards, two Academic All-America certificates, won 21 Mountain West Conference event titles and earned all-MWC honors 100 times. Twenty-five UNM indoor/outdoor records have been set during Henry's tenure.
In cross country, Henry's runners have earned a combined 17 all-MWC awards and 11 all-NCAA Mountain Region certificates. New Mexico has sent six individuals and one team to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, earning All-America honors three times.
In 2004, Santa Fe native Matt Gonzales finished a program-best second to lead the men's cross country team to a ninth place finish overall at the NCAA Championship meet. It's still the highest finish by a Lobo team in the program's 46-year history.
Henry's fellow coaches named him MWC Coach of the Year for men's outdoor track in 2002 and again in 2005 for women's cross country.
Mark Henry, 54, graduated from UNM in 1974 and was a four-year member of the Lobo track team from 1970-73. He has been the primary sprints and relays coach all seven years at UNM.
Since 2001, Henry's sprinters have captured a pair of MWC titles and earned all-conference honors 23 times. Four individuals and two relay teams have advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship meet and six school records have been set in the sprint and relay events under Henry's watch.
"The Henry name has been synonymous with track and field - locally and nationally - for many decades," said UNM athletics director Paul Krebs. "I'm disappointed that future Lobo student-athletes will not have the benefit of receiving guidance and coaching from Matt and Mark. They have worked tirelessly for the New Mexico track program and the sport of track and field. They will be missed."
UNM hosts the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track Championships beginning Thursday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The meet runs through Saturday afternoon and will be the last indoor track meet in Albuquerque until 2009.