Whitman- Whitman-Hanson Regional High School announced today the appointment of Matt Henriksen as its new varsity baseball coach. Henriksen, who played college baseball at Tusculum College in Tennessee, grew up in Hingham where he was an all-star baseball player and a member of a Patriot League championship team. He has a wide array of coaching experience most recently serving as the assistant coach at Nobles and Greenough School in Dedham. Prior to that, he was a JV and assistant coach at Hingham High School. He also has worked with countless players in AAU and private lessons.
“I am extremely excited to be a part of the Whitman-Hanson Panther family. Whitman-Hanson has a tradition of excellence that I intend to continue as the baseball coach,” Henriksen said. “I am very lucky to have a group of talented and hard working players that know what it takes to compete for a Patriot League championship.”
After graduating college, Henriksen went on to play professional baseball for three seasons for the Alpine Cowboys in Alpine, Texas. In college he earned the 2012 South Atlantic Conference Championship Most Valuable Player Award after leading his team to the conference title with a record of 48-10. He finished his career in the top five of 8 offensive and defensive categories at Tusculum.
“We are very lucky to hire such a tremendous coach. Matt’s love and passion for baseball is contagious and I believe his players will feel that everyday at practice,” Whitman-Hanson Athletic Director Bob Rodgers said. “I have known him since he was 17 years old and couldn’t be happier to bring a man of his character into our athletic program. He has big shoes to fill but I am confident he is up to the challenge.”
Henriksen, who is a wellness teacher at nearby Abington Middle-High School replaces hall of fame coach Pat Cronin who retired after the season.