henry gwinn

Gwinn Henry

  • Was called the “fastest man in the world” in 1911
  • Was an AAU national champion and selected to the U.S. Olympic team without a tryout in 1912
  • From 1918 to 1930 at the College of Emporia and University of Missouri, Henry led his teams to 75 wins against just 12 losses
Henry, Gwinn

Born: 1887 - Eden, Texas

Died: May 16, 1955 -  Albuquerque, New Mexico

Graduated: Howard Payne University, 1918

Inducted 2009

Overview

Gwinn Henry was one of most respected coaches in the country and was called by one noted sports writer as a true gentlemen in the sport.

Athletic Career

As a track athlete, Gwinn Henry was called the “fastest man in the world” in 1911 when he ran 100 yards in 9.4 seconds. A one time world record holder in track sprints of 75, 100 and 125 yards, Henry was an AAU national champion and selected to the U.S. Olympic team without a tryout in 1912. But, he did not attend the Olympics, opting instead to stay by the side of his ill wife.  While attending tiny Southwestern College outside of Austin, Texas, Henry scored all 11 points in an 11-9 victory over the Texas Longhorns.

Coaching Career

In 1918, Gwinn became head coach at the College of Emporia where he won three league titles and lost only three games in his five years.  Henry coached at the University of Missouri for nine years winning three conference championships and finishing second three times. From 1918 to 1930 at the College of Emporia and University of Missouri, Henry led his teams to 75 wins against just 12 losses. Henry became the athletic director at the University of Kansas in 1937 and took over football and track coaching responsibilities during World War II. He retired from coaching and administrative work in 1943.

 

Click here to see Gwinn's Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction speech