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Coach Henkel works for the Department of Defense. He and his wife Mia live in Satellite Beach and have three children – Miles, Emme, and Liam. In 2016 and 2017, he was the varsity running backs and linebackers coach for Central Catholic H.S. in Bloomington, Illinois. During his tenure, the Saints were 2x conference champs and made the IHSA playoffs both years. He was with Lexington H.S. in Lexington, Illinois from 2011-2015. For the Minutemen, Coach Henkel was the JV head coach and coached the varsity wide receivers and linebackers. He is from Decatur, Illinois and is a 1994 St. Teresa H.S. graduate where he was a varsity football starter for 3 seasons — each making the IHSA Playoffs (’93 quarterfinals). In 1994 he went on to play OLB and long snapper for the Illinois State Redbirds. He graduated from I.S.U. with a Bachelor of Science in 1998. He was accepted into graduate school at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia and earned a Master’s Degree in 2001. His professional career started in Beaufort, South Carolina. In 2005, he returned to a Central Illinois firm as an industrial/mechanical 3D designer doing work for Caterpillar and John Deere. In 2017, Coach Henkel started his current job with a training institute at Patrick Space Force Base.


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