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Henry Coming Home to Coach
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Tuesday, June 09, 2020
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Former Vidalia High School Girls Basketball standout Shekinah Henry has joined the Lady Indian Basketball program as an assistant coach.

"We are so excited to have Shekinah back in Vidalia," Said Vidalia Head Coach Sissy Anderson. "To think about having Shekinah and Kourtnee (Williams), who are two of the best players in the history of the program, to come back and coach with me is way more than I could have ever hoped for."

The 2009 & 2010 All-State & All-Region player averaged more than 17 points... 14 rebounds and 5 blocks a game during her four years at Vidalia. Along with Williams, she was a member of the 2009-10 team, which won their first 31 games of the season before coming up short to defending champion Buford in the Georgia High School Association Double-A state championship game.

Following graduation, Henry played college ball at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for three seasons, where she was described as "tough, hard-nosed and fearless." Something that Henry hopes to bring to the program

"I wasn't a tough player for the most part during my High School career, but when I got to VCU, I quickly learned that everyone is All-State and or All-Region, so I had to learn to put an elbow in at the right place at the right time, just to be able to survive."

Henry, who will join teammate Kourtnee Williams on the staff, says that she had no intention of getting into coaching, but a series of events changed her direction over a few years.

"After my Dad passed, I immersed myself in work and school trying to finish graduate school. I then began working for a corporation as an HR Director, but that wasn't for me." It was a phone call from Anderson that set the wheels in motion. "I was home visiting my Mom, and Coach Anderson and I talked on the phone, and one thing led to another, and she asked me if I would be interested in coming on as an assistant, and well, here I am."

Anderson, thinks there may have been some prodding from an old mentor of the three "Shekinah and I reconnected at Co. Reid's funeral and have stayed in touch, and I guess it's his way of still looking out for the program in which he took great pride. It's truly going to be an honor to have the opportunity to work with these women and see the influence they will have on the girls."

And for Henry's part, she too gives credit to Reid for having the opportunity to coach at her Alma Mater "if it weren't for Coach Reid, I wouldn't be where I am today. He always encouraged me and gave me advice, not only about basketball but also life. I miss him, and I wish he were here to give me advice, but I know he would tell the girls to work hard, be happy, and be yourself in all that you do."

Along with Reid, Henry gives credit to her friend and former teammate Williams, who coached alongside Anderson, during last season’s Region Championship run "I wouldn't have been as good as I was if it had not been for Kourtnee. She was the one who made things go, the one who got me the ball, and now I am back with her and one of the masterminds (Anderson) of those great teams, and it feels like the band is back together."

Henry, who will teach 2nd-grade reading says that she has a specific goal outside of coaching "I want to help student-athletes to learn how to leverage those opportunities that may come their way and help them to be successful in life outside of athletics."

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