Thomas, Henry Hired as Athletics Academic Advisors
Aug. 10, 2015 RUSTON – The Louisiana Tech Athletics Department announced today the additions of Kenny Thomas and Taylor Henry as Athletics Academic Advisors.
Thomas will serve as academic advisor for women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field and volleyball while Henry will be in charge of baseball, soccer, tennis, bowling and golf.
“We are blessed to have administrative support that has allowed us to increase our staff,” said Amber Burdge, Assistant Athletics Director for Academics. “We have a strong staff now that I am very confident in and happy to have in place.”
Henry worked in an athletic setting from 2011-14 at Neosho County Community College and this past year at Northwestern Oklahoma State, during which time he served the role of baseball academic advisor.
He was responsible for helping student-athletes stay on track to graduate by advising classes, checking grades and class attendance and administering study hall.
Not only did Henry promote academic excellence, he also did so in an athletic capacity for both baseball programs by being the pitching coach. His other duties included budget coordinator and sports information director.
Henry received an Associate of Science degree from NCCC in 2009, followed by an undergraduate degree in history from Ouachita Baptist University in 2012 and a master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in 2014.
Thomas spent last year at the University of South Carolina as an assistant academic advisor where he monitored and supervised the day-to-day academic progress of student-athletes, helping to produce highs in GPA, Academic Progress Rates and graduation success.
He communicated with coaches and staff about players’ academic performance while also overseeing the completion of degree applicable classes to ensure that each player was on track to graduate.
Before that, he had a six-month stint at the University of Central Florida as an assistant football academic advisor. In that role, he supervised academic operations including meetings, tutor appointments and class attendance checks.
Thomas was a student-athlete himself, playing one season of football at North Carolina Wesleyan College before transferring to Troy where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration-marketing. In 2014, he received his master’s in sports administration from Georgie State University.
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