Geoff Hensley enters his fourth season as the Head Coach for the Terriers in the 2017-18 season.
In the 2016-17 season, Hensley and the Terriers earned the number three seed in the conference tournament after posting an 11-7 record in NAC action. The squad took down #6 Colby-Sawyer and #2 Castleton en route to the programs’ first trip to the championship since the 2008-2009 season. Unfortunately the Terriers could not overcome the host and #1 seed of Husson as they fell, 89-67. During the year, seniors Tyheem Simon and Jordan Derosby each reached the 1,000-point milestone. Simon also recorded 575 points to place him fifth all-time in Thomas history for most points in a single season.
The Men’s Basketball program finished their 2015-16 season with a 14-13 overall record and a 9-9 mark in NAC play. The Terriers entered the conference tournament as the number four seed, defeating #5 Castleton 83-65 for their first postseason win since 2011. In the semi-finals, Thomas fell to top seeded Husson 91-76.
Hensley elevated the Thomas Basketball program in his first year at the helm by climbing the conference ladder and finishing in fifth place with an overall record of 12-14 (10-8 in conference). The 2014-15 season was a giant leap in the right direction for the program as the season culminated on a buzzer-beater to win at Husson University on the last game of the regular season. The team earned a post-season berth in the NAC conference tournament and reached the NAC quarterfinals. Hensley coached junior guard Levi Barnes to surpass the 1,000-point plateau and earn a First Team All-Conference selection.
Prior to Thomas, Hensley was an assistant coach at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky from 2012-2014. As the top assistant for the Centre coaching staff, Hensley helped the team post a two-year record of 44-11 with a pair of Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championships and two trips the NCAA Division III Tournament. Hensley coached four All-Conference selections, including the Freshman of the Year Blake Scinta and Defensive Player of the Year Tyler Wesley.
Hensley began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Springfield College (MA) from 2010-2012, working for legendary head coach Charlie Brock. Hensley helped guide the Pride to an overall record of 32-21 in his two years, and earned a trip to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference championship. While at Springfield, Hensley coached the NEWMAC Player of the Year Alex Berthiaume.
As a player, Hensley played four years of collegiate basketball for former Thomas Head Coach Paul Booth at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. During his playing career, Hensley amassed more than 1,200 points and 400 assists, while being a four-year starter, two year captain, three time Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) First Team selection, and the 2003 GNAC Rookie of the Year. He also helped lead the Cadets to two GNAC Championships, two trips to the NCAA tournament, and won the first NCAA tournament game in the programs history.
Hensley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with minors in English and Spanish from Norwich University in 2006, while going on to earn a Masters of Education Degree in Athletic Administration from Springfield College in 2012. After graduating from Norwich, Hensley served four years in the United States Navy as a Naval Officer, doing tours of duty on the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, and the USS DOYLE (FFG 39) stationed in Mayport, Florida. Hensley earned two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals before finishing his six-year career in the United States military.
Coach Hensley is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and is the Director of the Thomas Terrier Intensity Basketball Camps. Hensley also serves as the Academic Coordinator for the Thomas Athletic Department.
Hensley resides in Winslow, Maine with his wife, Sara and son, Jaxson.
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