John "Jack" Henry is an offensive line coach for the National Football League's San Diego Chargers. After a disappointing playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chargers organization announced that Henry's contract will not be renewed when it expires in February 2009. During the 2006 season Henry's line cleared the way for LaDanian Tomlinson to lead the NFL in rushing as well as setting a new NFL record for touchdowns with 31.
Henry's NFL coaching career began with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1990–91, legendary Head Coach Chuck Noll's last 2 seasons), he then moved on to coach at the University of Pittsburgh (1993–1995) and the Detroit Lions (1997–1999). While in Detroit, his offensive line helped Barry Sanders to rush for over 2,000 yards. Following Detroit, he went with Jim Haslett to coach the offensive line for the New Orleans Saints. During his time in New Orleans, the Saints won a playoff game for the first time in franchise history and had a 1,000 yard rusher for 5 consecutive years, also a franchise first. He was named Assistant Head Coach and Run Game Coordinator in his later years with the club. Prior to his NFL career, Henry was a college coach for 21 years with stops at West Virginia University, Wake Forest University (where he was also Offensive Coordinator), and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (his alma mater) amongst others. Henry also coached for 3 years on the High School level. He is a graduate of Chartiers-Houston HS in Houston,Pa. and Indiana University of Pa. He holds an MS from West Virginia University.
Henry has retired and settled in Greensburg, PA.
- San Diego Chargers' Norv Turner Fires Four Assistant Coaches ESPN.com, January 13, 2009
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