Dionne Henley returns for her fourth season on Mark Guthrie's coaching staff. She works with the long sprints and relays for Guthrie's combined men's and women's track and field program.
In 2012 Henley worked with the 4x400m relay team that eventually broke the indoor school record and finished runner-up at the MAC Championships with a time of 3:14.19. Senior Dave Ashcraft also earned the bronze medal in the 400m dash at the outdoor MAC Championships under her guidance.
In her first two seasons, Henley mentored the 4x100m relay unit of Jordan Dunn, Dierra Riley, Brittnee Shreve and Shanaye Carr to a runner-up finish at the MAC Outdoor Championships, earning the competitors second-team All-MAC honors in 2010. She also worked closely with 400m competitors David Ashcraft, Cara Dukes and Christopher Thomas; who each scored both indoors and outdoors.
Prior to joining Central Michigan, Henley served as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University for two years. TSU experienced immediate success with Henley on the staff, capturing the Ohio Valley Conference indoor championship in her first season with the Tigerbelles in 2008.
Prior to her stint with TSU, Henley served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University, under hall of fame coach Dean Hayes for two seasons. She worked primarily with the sprints, hurdles and jumps. In her time at MTSU, the Raiders won three Sun Belt Conference titles and she trained four All-Americans.
Henley was one of MTSU's most accomplished athletes. She became the Blue Raiders' first individual national champion in 1994, claiming the title in the indoor 55m high hurdles. Henley earned All-America honors in four events that season -- the 55m hurdles and long jump indoors along with the 100m hurdles and long jump outdoors. She was named the Ohio Valley Conference Track Woman of the Year that season. Henley set six school records in her time at MTSU.
The Kingston, Jamaica native brings a great deal of international experience to the table. She is a two-time Olympian who represented Jamaica in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and donned her country's colors once more in the '96 games in Atlanta. Henley reached the semi-finals at the 1992 Olympic Games. In the 100 meter hurdles, she placed fifth at the 1995 World Championship, fifth at the 1996 Olympic Games, sixth at the 1997 World Championship, fourth at the 1998 World Cup, sixth at the 1999 World Championship and sixth at the 2001 World Championship.
In addition to her accomplishments in the Olympic Games and World Championships, Henley also placed fifth at the Goodwill games in 2001 before finishing first at the Caribbean Games in 2002.
Henley graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in Leisure and Recreation in 2005.
The Henley File2005-2007 Middle Tennessee State University Assistant Coach
2007-2009 Tennessee State University Assistant Coach
2009-Present Central Michigan University Assistant Coach