McHenry takes over as CCCC athletic director

McHenry  takes  over as  CCCC  athletic  directorCERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — New CCCC Athletic Director John McHenry credits his ability to play college sports as a tremendous vehicle that provided educational opportunity in his life.

Baseball brought McHenry in 1997 to Cerro Coso, where he earned his associate’s degree.?He was then catapulted toward an athletic scholarship to play for the University of South Carolina. “Being around athletics has always been a personal sanctuary for me and provided opportunities for personal growth in my life that otherwise would not have existed,” said McHenry. “That path has extended itself into working with young athletes, to develop and foster their own passion for the sport they love.”

“John’s deep understanding of athletics and commitment to the student athlete make him particularly suited to this role,” says Heather Ostash, vice president of student services. “I am very confident he will provide excellent leadership for Cerro Coso’s Athletics Department.”

Born and raised in Chico, McHenry also holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico, and a teaching credential, masters of arts in teaching, and master of arts in school administration from Sierra Nevada College.

“I look forward to helping the college athletics program take that next step,” McHenry said. “Cerro Coso really is like home for me, and I’m excited to be back.”

McHenry sees returning to Ridgecrest as a homecoming for his wife Tammie, who was born and raised here. The two have a 21-year-old daughter, Sadye, and a 16- year-old son, Johnny. Most of their family time is spent at the ball fields, but when time allows they enjoy exploring the Sierra Nevada, camping, boating, hiking and snowboarding.

“I am delighted that John has returned to Cerro Coso to be the next athletic director for the college,” said President Jill Board. “His experience as a former ball player gives him not only appreciation of the opportunities and challenges of intercollegiate athletics, but also experience in how to respond effectively to them. He is a person with high energy, infectious enthusiasm and an impressive ability to engage with people and issues.”

Story First Published: 2017-08-25