(Atlantic) After 39 years of leading the Atlantic Girls’ Track program, Head Girls’ Track Coach Bruce Henderson is retiring from his position.
Coach Bruce Henderson, originally from Mount Ayr, started the girls’ track program in Atlantic during the 1973-1974 school year. Under his leadership, the Trojann track team has been a perennial powerhouse in the state of Iowa. During those years , the Atlantic girls’ track athletes have won seven state championships, 1983,1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004. Coach Henderson and the girls’ track program have also won 22 Hawkeye-10 conference championships. The Atlantic girls’ track program and Coach Henderson also share a few state records for most team Championships won by a head coach, Henderson (7), most team championships (7), and most consecutive team championships won by a school (4) (1998-2001).
Coach Henderson has also been recognized for his accomplishments at the state and national level. In 2008, Coach Henderson was inducted into the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Hall of Fame. In 2002, Coach Henderson was named National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Coaches and a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2003.
Bruce and his wife Gail, both retired educators, reside in Atlantic.
May 21, 2012