Coach of Character: Coach Henninger


Rain or shine, you can find Coach Henninger by the pool before the break of dawn and enthusiastically encouraging his athletes to exemplify admirable qualities taught throughout numerous seasons.

On January 17th, the Garden Grove Unified School District board came together to acknowledge athletes and coaches of character from each school in the district. These awe-inspiring individuals exercise only their best work and stand as animated role models for those around campus. Our very own swim and water polo coach, Coach Henninger, was presented this award, and expresses that it was certainly a “honor” to be granted such a title for our school.

Coach Henninger is one of the many fascinating faculty members that serve on the Garden Grove High School campus. Not only does he exclusively favor sandals over any other footwear, he graduated from the class of ‘95 and dedicates his time and efforts into contributing to the enrichment of our school. Coach Henninger has been coaching for the past twenty years; remarkably, his coaching career includes a total of 30 league championships (12 in girls water polo, 4 in boys water polo, and 14 in swim). Outside of coaching Argonaut athletics, he continues to challenge himself by participating in triathlons: regularly biking, running, and, most notably, swimming.

Not only does he coach here at GGHS, he also teaches a variety of classes: Video game design, app making, and AP computer science principles. After class is over, he advises several clubs and even jump started the “Tinker Club” to give students a safe and encouraging environment that supports their creativity. Combining his skills in computer science and athletics, Coach Henninger has developed three apps to assist with timing sports and keeping track of water polo scores.

A coach of character is someone who steps out of their comfort zone and makes time to wholeheartedly teach valuable lessons at the end of the day. Mr. Stevens acknowledges Coach Henninger as “always positive and always fair which leaves a good impact on the kids” and adds that Coach Henninger has “worked tirelessly to shape our aquatics program.”Despite a grueling schedule consisting of early mornings and game often lasting into cold nights, Coach Henninger continues to exemplify qualities such as dedication, genuity, and righteousness– and does it all enthusiastically and with a sincere smile. Thank you Coach Henninger for being GGHS’ coach of character!