Hennigar’s Hall of Fame announcement is just the latest in a recent run of good news for the veteran coach. Just last week, Hennigar was named Assistant Coach of the Year for Indoor Track, and prior to that, he got to travel to New York to watch two of his athletes compete in the National Championship meet.
Through all the highlights, great moments and championships, Hennigar said the thing that has made his career most rewarding at the end of the day has always been the kids themselves.
“The one thing that stands out since the beginning is the wonderful kids,” Hennigar said. “They’ve always been great kids through all the years, so easy to work with. I’ve been lucky to have had very supportive parents that have been extremely helpful with the different things we do. There’ve been particular days and meets that stand out, but the things that stand out the most have been having all these great kids to work with.”
Hennigar has coached more than 3,000 Newburyport athletes over the years, and if he has one legacy he’s most proud of, it’s that he was able to impart a love of running to many of them, in many cases, a love that has lasted a lifetime.
“I’m most proud of all the kids who are still involved with the sport. Some of them are coaching at the high school level now, some of them are running competitively, and some of them are running because they just love to run,” he said. “I think that long-lasting effect that becomes a part of their life is the most rewarding thing of all.”