Josie Henry completed her eighth season at Case Western Reserve in 2018. 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 26 wins during the past six seasons with an overall mark of 205-127 (.617) in her eight years, making her the winningest coach in the program's history.
In 2018, the team recorded its most successful season in program history, as they finished the campaign with a program-best 38-12 overall record and finished tied for fifth at the 2018 NCAA Division III Softball Championships. The Spartans qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the only the second time in program history during the campaign, and made its' first-ever appearance in the finals round of the NCAA Championships. CWRU finished tied for fifth at the championships, which is the highest national finish for any team in Case Western Reserve University athletics history. CWRU finished the year ranked sixth in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Top-25 Poll, a 16-spot improvement on their ranking from earlier in the regular season when they checked in at 22nd in the national rankings. This is the highest the team has ever been ranked in the NFCA's final poll of the year. The NFCA has issued a top-25 since the start of the 1995 season.
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.
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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.
- 2018 UAA Coaching Staff of the Year
- 2014 UAA Coaching Staff of the Year
- 2014 UAA Tri-Champions
- 205-127 overall record
- 73-29 home record (Mather Park)
- Most wins in program single-season history (38 in 2018)
- 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)
- UAA Position Player of the Year (Maren Waldner in 2018)
- First Capital One Academic All-American® in program history (Makenzie Lein in 2014)
- Inducted into Ashland University Athletic Hall of Fame (2014)