NEWBURYPORT — The Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association announced yesterday that longtime Newburyport High School cross-country head coach Don Hennigar will be inducted into its Coaches Hall of Fame.
Hennigar will be among four coaches inducted in this year’s ceremony, which will be held at The Lantana in Randolph on June 8. The other members of this year’s class are Dave Dickerson from Somerville, Frank Gallagher from Revere and Bob Smith from Frontier Regional.
“It’s humbling and honoring,” Hennigar said. “I look at it as a tribute to all these kids from all over the years, and to Tim [Foley] and all the other coaches I’ve worked with. It’s a tribute to the program, as much as it is an individual thing.”
Hennigar has been coaching track for 36 years overall, the last 30 of which have come at Newburyport High School. He’s coached the school’s cross-country team for 28 years, and he’s been on indoor track program’s coaching staff for the entire 17-year history of the team. He currently serves as an assistant coach in the winter and spring seasons.
The program has thrived under his leadership, especially over the past few years. Last fall, the boys cross-country team won its third consecutive state championship, and earlier this month the indoor track team polished off its fourth.
Foley, who has been working with Hennigar at NHS for nearly three decades, praised Hennigar for his selection, calling him one of the best coaches around and an absolutely deserving candidate for induction.
“I couldn’t ask anyone better to be with me. We’ve been together since 1985. I took over the boys program and he’s been at my right-hand side the whole time,” Foley said. “He’s set his own legacy at the cross-country program, that’s what he’s being honored for, and he’s done a tremendous job with us.”