James Henry resigned as New Smyrna Beach’s girls basketball coach Tuesday, athletic director Gerald Fuller said.
Henry starts his new position as an assistant coach at Winston-Salem State, an NCAA Division II program in North Carolina, on Wednesday morning.
“I’ve known him for about 12 years after meeting him at an AAU event,” Winston-Salem State head coach L’Tona Lamonte said. “He’s had some really good recruits come out of there, and his keen eye for basketball has been excellent.”
The Barracudas posted a 25-4 record and qualified for the postseason for the fifth straight year in 2015-16, advancing to the Region 2-6A semifinals. New Smyrna Beach ousted Auburndale, 72-51, in the opening round, the program’s first playoff victory since 2004.
“For the girls, I’m really going to miss them,” Henry said. “It’s not just one thing; it’s everything — their dedication, hard work, commitment and loyalty to the program.”
New Smyrna Beach projects to have all five starters return, including All-Area first team selection Carmella Walker (19.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 steals per game) and third-team guard Sha’Kawanza Brown (10.4 points, 5.8 assists per game).
“We thank Coach Henry for his hard work and dedication to ‘Cuda Nation and the community of New Smyrna Beach,” Fuller said. “We are still extremely excited about the direction of our girls’ basketball program and are looking forward to this upcoming season.”