Henninger Resigns, Named Head Coach at Marian

Mark Henninger
Mark Henninger

Rocky Mount, N.C. - The North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics has announced the resignation of head football coach Mark Henninger, who has accepted the same position at Marion University in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Henninger was named the second head coach in NCWC football history in February of 2008, and in five seasons at the helm, he guided the Battling Bishops to a 22-13 mark in the USA South, two league titles and an NCAA playoff berth. Couple his head coaching success with that of his four years as assistant coach and Henninger helped Wesleyan accumulate a 40-22 conference mark and a trio of titles since the program's inception.

Perhaps his most memorable season as head coach came in 2009 when Henninger earned USA South Coach of the Year honors after leading the Bishops to a perfect 7-0 conference mark for the second time in three seasons. He had an unprecedented ten First Team All-Conference selections, which included the league's Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year.

"I am excited for Mark and his family to return to the Hoosier state, and at the same time, disappointed to see him leave," said NCWC Vice President for Athletics John Thompson. "I appreciate all that he has done in our department since the inception of football and his arrival in December 2003."

Henninger now takes the reins of a Marian squad that boasted a 12-1 record this past season and won the 2012 NAIA National Championship. He is the second head coach in the history of Knights Football. 

A national search for Henninger's replacement at N.C. Wesleyan is already underway.