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10 years after leaving Denton Ryan, ex-coordinator Henigan back as head coach
For years, Dave Henigan could be spotted in the Denton Ryan football field house.
He can be found on the team portraits hanging on the walls of the field house, his brief stint as Ryan’s offensive coordinator cemented in pictures from the Raiders’ rise to one of the state’s best football programs.
Ten years after he left the program, Henigan will have a few more personal items in the Ryan field house.
Henigan was unanimously approved as Ryan’s football coach and athletic coordinator at Tuesday night’s Denton ISD school board meeting. Henigan becomes the fourth head coach in Ryan school history.
“Denton Ryan’s a special place,” Henigan said. “I’ve been a Ryan Raider since I stepped foot on campus, and I never really lost my love for that place. I just feel very, very fortunate to be the guy to get handed that torch.”
Henigan was the head coach at Grapevine for five years, and the head coach at Corsicana for five years before that. In 10 years, he has a career record of 56-52.
Henigan takes over for Joey Florence, who was the head coach at Ryan for 14 years, compiled a record of 152-37 at the school and won two state championships. Florence was named the Denton ISD athletic director in January.
Henigan, 43, was the offensive coordinator for the Raiders when they defeated Brenham in the 2002 Class 4A Division II state championship game. He was also the offensive coordinator the next year when Ryan lost in the 2003 4A Division II state title game to La Marque in triple overtime.
Florence said five of the six finalists who interviewed before a hiring committee have served as assistant coaches at Ryan. Florence said the district had the opportunity to hire a lot of different people, but it was in Ryan’s best interest to hire somebody familiar with the program.
Henigan went 35-21 at Corsicana before he was reassigned in 2009. He took over at Grapevine that year and inherited a 13-game losing streak. The Mustangs reached the 5A playoffs in Henigan’s first season.
Over the last two years, Grapevine has won four games as one of the smallest schools in the state’s biggest classification.