Bulldogs Add Patrick Henner To XC, T&F Staff

The Bulldogs have added Patrick Henner as the cross country head coach and an assistant track and field coach, according to Georgia head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert.

Henner comes Athens after coaching Arizona State’s distance corps for the last two years. Prior to his stop in Tempe, Henner had a three-year stay at the University of Southern California under Smith Gilbert.

Most recently, Henner guided Sun Devil freshman Dayton Carlson to finish sixth in the 800 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships final with a personal record 1: 46.72. Carlson arrived at Arizona State with an 800m personal best of 1: 51.71. In addition, Arizona State’s Vincent Mauri finished 18th at Nationals. Henner directed Mauri to personal bests of 1: 49.40 and 13: 39.13 as well as All-America Honorable Mention honors in 2022.

Year one of Henner’s tenure with the Sun Devils saw him push Mauri to a new level. The freshman set new personal records in the 8K, mile and 1500m. Mauri was ASU’s top finisher at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships where he took 22nd and 23: 35.3. The freshman then went on to run 3: 41.22 in the 1500m at the NCAA West Prelims where he took 15th, just missing the outdoor championships. Henner’s runners also recorded three new all-time top-10 entries.

In three years with the Trojans, Henner brought in two recruiting classes and helped almost every cross country runner set their personal bests in the 6K. In his two seasons working with the distance athletes, runners Robert Ford and Isaiah Jewett won consecutive Pac-12 men’s 800m titles, and he placed two male and female runners into USC’s all-time top 10 in the event. Jewett claimed the Pac-12 title and All-America honors in the 800m during the 2019 spring season, and he also set USC’s 800m indoor record.

At the 2019 USATF Championships, Jewett finished fifth in the 800m, missing a spot on Team USA for the World Championships by only .3. Jewett went undefeated in the 400m and 800m indoors in 2019-20 and was a favorite to win the national title in the 800m prior to the 2020 COVID cancellation.

Under Henner’s guidance, Nicolaus Jakowec set the school indoor 3000m record, and Jemima Russell set the freshman record for the 800m. Henner also helped numerous Trojans crack the program’s indoor and outdoor all-time lists.

Prior to USC, Henner was the director of track and field and cross country at Georgetown from 2007-15, and prior to that he had spent eight seasons as the Hoyas’ head men’s cross country coach and assistant coach for the men’s and women’s track and field team.

Henner’s coaching resumé also includes a nine year stay at James Madison where he led both the men’s and women’s cross country teams to their first CAA titles, trained 28 track and field All-Americans and was twice named CAA Coach of the Year. He began his coaching career at Blacksburg High in Blacksburg, Va., Where both the men’s and women’s teams won state championships in 1984, 1985 and 1986.

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