Chuck Henry is still one of the top players in the Washington, D.C., area. He is now putting his coaching talents to work as a first-year assistant at Catholic University.
Henry has played with and against NBA players in the Goodman League at Barry Farms in southeast Washington, D.C., for the past six summers. Teammates have included Roger Mason – whom Steve Howes coached in high school – and Michael Beasley, both with the Miami Heat. In 2008, Henry’s team featured Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets), former Washington Wizard Gilbert Arenas and Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder). It was Arenas who suggested Henry play professionally.
So Henry, who had last played at Barton College in Wilson, N.C., in 2005, went to Germany and played for BBC Rendsburg. The Twisters won the German North Region Division IV championship in 2008-09 and the higher-level Division III title the next year.
Henry led the league in scoring (33 ppg) and rebounding (16 rpg) in 2008-09 and averaged 8 steals per game. A 6-foot-4, 215-pound power forward, he recorded four triple-doubles and had three 50-point games. He averaged 23 ppg, 14 rpg and 3 spg his second year. His professional career ended when he broke his right foot during the 2010-11 season.
While in Germany, Henry coached a youth team for BBC Rendsburg and directed skill improvement camps. He still mentors several German youth players.
Henry was a two-year starter at Division II Barton in 2003-05. He was named Most Improved Player both seasons and captain his senior year. During his sophomore year, the Bulldogs became the first Barton team to win a game in the NCAA Tournament. He was freshman class treasurer and made the Dean’s List many times.
Henry transferred to Barton after playing his freshman season at Morris College, an NAIA school in Sumter, S.C. He was recognized on the league’s second-team All-Freshman squad.
Henry was a three-sport star at Forestville (Md.) High School prior to graduating in 2001. He was selected third-team All-Prince George’s County in basketball his senior year and played in the county All-Star game. In baseball, he was a two-year starting second baseman and catcher. He had perfect attendance his final two years and was an Honor Roll student.
Henry enjoyed his greatest success in football. He started at quarterback as a junior and senior and guided Forestville to a combined 24-2 record. The Knights won the 1999 Maryland State 1A Championship and advanced to the state title game the next year after repeating as county and region champions.
Henry began his college coaching career at Barton last season under his college coach, Ron Lievense, and contributed to the team’s 23-8 record and Carolinas Conference regular-season title. Henry played a key role in the development of two first-team All-Carolinas selections and one All-American. The Bulldogs won twice in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Division II Sweet 16.
Henry earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Barton College and is pursuing a master’s in sports leadership from Duquesne. He is the son of Barbara Henry and Charlie McKie. His father was a longtime head football coach at Washington’s Spingarn High School. A brother, Richard, played football at Delaware State.
Charlie Warren Henry was born in the nation’s capital in 1982 and lives in Mitchellville, Md. He is a computer teacher at Burrville Elementary School in northeast Washington.