TIGERVILLE, SC —North Greenville University Athletic Director Jan McDonald announced Monday that Travis Henson has been named head baseball coach. Henson spent the previous eight seasons as the head coach at nearby Landrum High School (Landrum, SC), where he led the program to three Class A South Carolina State Championships.
"I truly believe in the mission of North Greenville University and am excited to be a part of North Greenville athletics,” Henson said. “North Greenville has made strong commitment to athletics and baseball, and I am just excited and looking forward to leading the baseball program.”
Henson posted a 182-52 record during his tenure at Landrum, including a 152-22 mark against other Class A teams. Henson’s Cardinals won 24 games against teams from higher classifications. He led Landrum to a four-year record of 102-32 from 2005 to 2008.
Under his direction, Henson led the Cardinals to three state championships, four upper-state championships, six district championships, and six region championships.
Henson, 33, led Landrum to state titles in 2002, 2005, and 2007. The Cardinals defeated Lake View High School in the 2002 championship game and Bamberg-Ehrhardt in the 2005 and 2007 title games.
"We are excited to hire a coach who has such a proven track record of success,” said McDonald. “He has experience as a winner, having developed championship programs at the high school level. Travis has a high level of enthusiasm and excitement that he will bring to North Greenville, and will carry on our strong Christian commitment to our athletic programs.”
Last season, Henson’s Landrum team finished 19-9 and lost in the upper-state championship game, breaking a string of three consecutive upper-state titles.
Henson has been named South Carolina’s Class A Coach of the Year four times by the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association. In 2005, Henson was named South Carolina’s Coach of the Year for all classes statewide by The High School Sports Report.
Likewise, Henson’s players at Landrum have received awards and honors. Four times a Landrum player was named Class A Player of the Year by the SCBCA. Six of his players have been selected to play in the North/South All-Star Game and four players have played collegiate baseball at the NCAA Division I or II level. Henson coached numerous all-region and all-state players at Landrum.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity that Spartanburg District One and Landrum High School gave me,” said Henson. “The lasting relationships that were built there have had, and will continue to have, a great impact on my life. The students, players, and staff at Landrum have been a tremendous blessing and I will miss them, but I am excited about the opportunity at North Greenville.
“We established a great tradition at Landrum and I look forward to doing the same at North Greenville.”
Prior to being head coach at Landrum, Henson was a JV coach at both Landrum and Blue Ridge High Schools. He taught history at Landrum High School.
Henson, who is also the Minister to Students at Washington Baptist Church in Greer, SC, will be a perfect fit for North Greenville’s Christ-centered mission. “Two of my greatest loves are evangelism and baseball,” noted Henson. “So here I have college baseball in a Christian environment that is close to home. It’s the greatest opportunity I could have.”
Henson earned his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in History from USC-Upstate in 1997. He, and his wife Jennifer, reside in Greer, SC.