A recent inductee into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Henry previously served as both a coach and a faculty member at Blakefield
Blake Henry, a 1998 graduate of Loyola Blakefield and former All-ACC football player at Wake Forest University, has been named the new Director of Athletics at Loyola, effective July 1, 2022.
Henry, who was inducted into the Loyola Athletic Hall of Fame in March, returns to Maryland from Savannah, Georgia where he has been serving as the Associate Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach at St. Andrew’s School.
Previously, Henry served in the middle school faculty at Blakefield, from 2005-2010, and was a member of the Dons varsity football coaching staff. He also as the freshman basketball head coach and the Middle School Director of Activities.
In 2010 he left Loyola to become the head football coach at Mount St. Joseph High School, where he also was a teacher and the Assistant Director of Students. He moved to Potomac School in McLean, Va., in 2015, where he was also the head football coach as well as the Assistant Director of Facilities and Director of Clubs and Activities.
“I am excited and honored to serve as the next Director of Athletics at Loyola Blakefield,” said Henry. “As a student-athlete at Loyola, I was taught to pursue excellence while living our Ignatian values. I am looking forward to leading our athletics program in that same pursuit.”
Upon graduating from Wake Forest in 2002, where he won the Bill George Award as the team’s best lineman in 2002, Henry signed a free agent contact with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and participated in the team’s 2003 training camp. He later earned a Master of Education in Athletic Leadership from Goucher University.
At Loyola, Henry played on three MIAA A Conference football championship teams (1995, 1996 and 1997) and won a basketball title in 1997. While he served as an assistant coach with the football program, the Dons won titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
“We are thrilled to welcome Blake back to the Loyola Blakefield community – a place that meant so much to his formation both as a student and as a professional,” said Brian Maraña, Upper School Principal. “In his passion for athletics, commitment to Ignatian education, and love for Loyola, Blake embodies the traits of an ideal Director of Athletics. He is a Don through and through, and I can’t wait to witness his leadership inspire the next generation of Dons to compete with pride and passion.”
Henry succeeds Jeremy Parr, Loyola’s head athletic trainer, who also held the AD position on an interim basis, following the departure of Grant Hall last year.