New athletic director at Cerro Coso Community College John McHenry credits his ability to play college sports as a tremendous vehicle that provided educational opportunity in his life.
Baseball brought McHenry to Cerro Coso in 1997, where he initially earned his Associates degree, and catapulted him towards 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, California, McHenry holds an Associate’s Degree from Cerro Coso Community College; Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Chico; and a teaching credential, Masters of Arts in Teaching, and Masters 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’s 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 the 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.”