ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Greg Henington enters the 2016 season in his first head coaching job with the Belen Eagles.
Henington was an assistant under Mike Bradley for five years prior to this at Mayfield. He hopes to use what he learned under one of the state’s best coaches, to improve upon Belen’s 3-7 record a year ago.
“We are definitely trying to bring that southern mentality. Be smash mouth, hardnosed football. Run the ball and take advantage of play action and give the commitment level that we see down in the south,” said Henington.
He has some big shoes to fill taking over a team that was headed by Coach Lerma since 2008, but Henington believes the football culture and willingness to win makes his transition easier.
The players are also buying into their new head coach’s style, as he is a real players coach.
“He listens to us, he asks us what we see out there so we can adjust to it. HE helps us out every play,” said Belen QB Thomas Wysneski.
Coach Henington has also hired on some heavy hitters to help him coach this upcoming season. Getting other coaches that assisted under the best in the state.
“We did bring in Coach Roanhaus (Clovis Head Coach Eric Roanhaus’ son) from Clovis and Coach Charlie from Cleveland. So, we want to use everything that they have learned at those established programs and apply it here,” said Coach Henington.
The Eagles start out their season on the 26th at home against Bloomfield at 7 p.m.