Josie Henry
Josie Henry
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 216-368-5685

Josie Henry completed her seventh season at Case Western Reserve in 2017. Formerly an assistant coach at Division I Cleveland State University, Henry continues to lead a remarkable turnaround for the program since being named to her post during the summer of 2010. 

Under Henry’s tutelage, the Spartans have averaged 24 wins during the past five seasons with an overall mark of 167-115 (.592) in her seven years, making her the winningest coach in the program's history.

During the 2017 season, Henry coached the Spartans to a 20-17 record, their sixth-consecutive winning season. CWRU went 13-11 in non-conference games during the year, while also going 11-9 in games at Mather Park to improve to 58-22 over the last six seasons (good for a .725 winning percentage.

In 2016, the Spartans recorded their fifth-consecutive winning season, finishing the campaign with an overall record of 21-19. CWRU went 19-11 in non-conference games during the year, while also exerting its home field advantage, going 8-2 in games at Mather Park to improve to 47-13 at home over the last five seasons (good for a .783 winning percentage).

During the 2015 season, Henry coached the Spartans to a 32-11 record, setting a new program-high mark for victories in a season. Henry mentored All-America First Team pitcher/ outfielder Annie Wennerberg, who was the Division III leader in homeruns and the UAA Co-Player of the Year, and the UAA Rookie of the Year Katie Wede.

During the 2014 campaign of Henry’s tenure, the Spartans (25-15) claimed a share of the program’s first UAA Championship since 1999. The team produced three NFCA All-Central Region selections, five All-UAA honorees and the first Capital One Academic All-American® in program history (senior shortstop Makenzie Lein). For their efforts, Henry and her assistants were named the UAA Softball Coaching Staff of the Year.

In 2013, the Spartans finished as one of the nation’s hottest teams with 11 straight wins and 15 victories in their final 16 games overall. The program earned the No. 6 spot in the final NCAA Central Region rankings for the second year in a row and tied a program best with six All-UAA selections. 

The year prior, Henry guided the Spartans to the second most victories (26) in school single-season history and a seven-win improvement over the 2011 campaign. The Spartan win total was also a 17-win improvement over the team's tally from 2010 – the last season prior to Henry’s hiring.

In her first season (2011) at the helm of the program, Henry led her team to a 13-5 record over the final 18 games, while then junior Lauren Wolz became the first NFCA All-American in program history.

Prior to assuming the reigns at Case Western Reserve, Henry spent four years as an assistant at CSU, working primarily with the Viking pitchers in addition to assisting with recruiting and coordinating community service efforts. She helped CSU to four consecutive 30-win seasons and four straight trips to the Horizon League Championship game. She also served an integral role during the Vikings’ first-ever Horizon League Championship during the 2009 campaign.

Henry Year-by-Year
Year Overall UAA
2011 19-25 0-8
2012 26-15 3-5
2013 24-13 3-5
2014  25-15 5-3*
2015 32-11 5-5
2016 21-19 2-8
2017 20-17 7-6
Overall 167-115 25-40
* - UAA Tri-Champions

Prior to her time at CSU, Henry was a graduate assistant at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she coached the pitchers and outfielders.

As a player, Henry was an All-American pitcher at Division II Ashland University and a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District selection. She graduated in 2004 as the Eagles’ career leader in earned run average (1.11), strikeouts (1,109), innings pitched (792.1) and complete games (99). Her career ratio of 10.2 strikeouts per seven innings ranked fourth all-time in NCAA Division II.

A native of Jordan, Minnesota, Henry earned her bachelor’s degree in recreation sports industry from Ashland and her master’s degree in sports administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2006.

A certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Henry also serves as co-head coach for Case Western Reserve's strength & conditioning program.

She resides in Medina with her husband, Geoff, and their children, Delaney, Kendall and Garrison.

Henry Highlights

  • 2014 UAA Coaching Staff of the Year
  • 2014 UAA Tri-Champions
  • 167-115 overall record
  • 64-28 home record (Mather Park)
  • Most wins in program single-season history (32 in 2015)
  • First NFCA All-American in program history (Lauren Wolz in 2011)
  • First NFCA All-America First Team selection in program history (Annie Wennerberg in 2015)
  • National leader in home runs with 20 (Annie Wennerberg in 2015)
  • UAA Co-player of the Year (Annie Wennerberg in 2015)
  • First Capital One Academic All-American® in program history (Makenzie Lein in 2014)
  • Inducted into Ashland University Athletic Hall of Fame (2014)