Hensley named head volleyball coach

CONWAY — Central Baptist College athletic director Lyle Middleton has announced the hiring of Halee Hensley as the new head volleyball coach. Hensley replaces Rick Brown, who resigned after two seasons in January.

Halee Hensley

“I’m excited to have Halee join the coaching staff,” said Middleton. “Her leadership to be excellent on and off the court along with her Christian faith makers her a perfect match for CBC volleyball and Mustang athletics.”

Hensley was most recently the head volleyball coach for three seasons at Mississippi University for Women. In her three seasons, she won 17 games at the helm and coached two USCAA All-Americans and 19 USCAA Scholar Athletes. Additionally, in the team’s first season in the SLIAC, she had 19 players earn All-SLIAC Academic Team honors. 

Prior to her arrival in Columbus, Miss., Hensley spent two seasons as the head coach at American Midwest Conference rival Hannibal-LaGrange. In those two seasons, Hensley won 11 games and had three All-AMC selections and coached 12 AMC All-Academic Team selections.

Prior to HLGU, she spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Hendrix and helped lead the Warriors to 20 wins in her lone season. She got her start coaching as a student assistant at CBC in 2017.

Hensley, a native of Mayflower, spent four seasons as a defensive specialist and outside hitter for CBC, graduating in 2017 with a degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science. She becomes the ninth head coach of the volleyball program since CBC joined the NAIA in 2010.

“I love CBC,” said Hensley. “I played here and it was a great experience. I want to give back and essentially be at a place that is going to support me and my coaching philosophies.”