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Tabarie Henry becomes new member of the athletics coaching team
Tabarie Henry becomes new member of the athletics coaching team

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Head coach for track and field and cross country in Alabama Daniel Waters has added Tabarie Henry to the coaching staff, the program announced on Wednesday. Henry will assist the current assistant coach Blaine Wiley with the training of the Crimson Tide sprint/hurdles team.

Henry comes to Tuscaloosa as a two-time National Assistant Coach of the Year. Last season, Henry coached sprints and hurdles at New Mexico Junior College. In both the indoor and outdoor seasons, Henry led the Thunderbirds to eight individual national championships (five outdoor, three indoor). The women’s team was crowned NJCAA national champions, while the men’s team earned national runner-up honors.

Prior to his second overall stint at New Mexico Junior College, Henry spent the 2022-23 track and field season at UNLV, where he coached four indoor conference finalists to top-eight finishes and two student-athletes made the Mountain West Outdoor All-Conference team.

Henry initially served on the T-Birds staff from 2019-2022 and came to Hobbs, NM after spending one season (2018-19) at Hawkeye Community College, where he coached 15 national qualifiers, 12 school record holders and four All-Americans.

As a student-athlete, Henry competed at Texas A&M, where he was a two-time consecutive national champion (2010, 2011) and Big 12 Indoor champion (2011). Internationally, Henry competed for the U.S. Virgin Islands at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics, reaching the semifinals in the 400 meters at both Olympics.

Which head coach Daniel Waters Said

“We are very excited to welcome Tabarie to Tuscaloosa. I have known him for 15 years since I signed him at Texas A&M and have witnessed his development from an outstanding athlete to an outstanding coach and talent scout. His addition complements the great coaching staff we already have and allows us to achieve our goal of becoming one of the best programs in the country. Tabarie brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion for the sport that will allow us to enhance the experience of our student-athletes here at Alabama. We can’t wait for this season to get started.”

What assistant coach Tabarie Henry said

“I want to thank both Greg Byrne and Coach Waters for giving me the opportunity to work for one of the best programs in the country. I look forward to working with this great team and will represent the University of Alabama to the best of my ability. Roll Tide!”

Tabarie Henry | The CV

  • Assistant Coach at New Mexico Junior College (2023-24)

    • Led the Thunderbirds to five national individual championships during the outdoor season and three during the indoor season
    • Helped lead the women’s program to the NJCAA national title while the men’s program finished second.
    • Trained a trio of athletes to qualify for the Olympic Games in Paris
    • Led three qualifiers to the 2024 African Championships, with the silver medal in the 200-meter race being the highlight

  • Assistant Coach at UNLV (2022-23)

    • Coached four indoor conference finalists to top 8 finishes in the 60m (2x), 200m and 4x400m relay
    • Two student athletes made the Mountain West Outdoor All-Conference Team and four Outdoor Conference finalists finished in the top eight in the 100m (2x), 400m and 400m hurdles

  • Assistant coach at New Mexico Junior College (2019-22)

    • Coached seven national champions in his three seasons
    • Helped the women’s program become state champions in 2020 and state runner-up in 2021 and 2022
    • Two-time national assistant coach of the year

  • Assistant Coach at Hawkeye Community College (2018-19)

    • Coached 15 national qualifiers, 12 school record holders and four All-Americans

  • Volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M (2012–17)
  • Two-time national champion (2010, 2011) and Big 12 Indoor champion (2011) as a student-athlete at Texas A&M (2008-12)
  • Two-time Olympian who competed for the U.S. Virgin Islands at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics, reaching the semifinals in the 400 meters at both Olympics
  • Bachelor’s degree (2012, Texas A&M) in agricultural leadership and development with a minor in sports management
  • Received an Associate Degree from Barton County Community College in 2010

By Aurora