Tony Henson Named Hopkinsville Sportsplex Facilities Coordinator
Hoptown native, longtime soccer coach tapped to manage new building
During the past several months, Tony Henson has occasionally parked his truck outside the Hopkinsville Sportsplex construction zone, wondering about the possibilities and opportunities on the horizon while gazing at the progress of the new building on Tilley Way.
Now, the Hoptown native and longtime coach will have a chance to play a significant role in realizing the Sportsplex potential.
Henson, who has been extensively involved in various community recreation programs and sporting events over the past two decades, has been hired as the Hopkinsville Sportsplex Recreation Facilities Coordinator.
A graduate of Hopkinsville High School and Hopkinsville Community College, Henson will begin this new role Oct. 1.
“As someone who has been anxiously awaiting the opening of the new Sportsplex since the first announcement of the plans to build it, I am extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of the team that will shape the future of a new facility — one that will be responsible for bringing thousands of new visitors to Hopkinsville each year,” said Henson, who has been a key cog within soccer at the local level for 22 years. “Those thousands of dollars will translate into millions of dollars in revenue for local businesses. As the usage of the Sportsplex grows, we are sure to see new businesses become interested in locating here.”
Henson, who will report to Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman, will primarily focus on developing, coordinating and conducting athletic events and maintaining athletic facilities at the brand new, 54,000-square foot Sportsplex. Henson will also supervise staff, assist in preparing and maintaining indoor athletic fields and surfaces, and oversee athletic programs with thorough scheduling and planning.
“We are just elated to add Tony to our team, and could not be more excited about the scheduling and organizational skills he brings to the table,” Brockman said. “To find someone with his experience and acumen, especially when you look at the impact he’s made locally, it’s just incredible. We can’t wait for him to get started in this important role.”
During his involvement within the local soccer scene, Henson has built a lengthy resume. He has co-hosted the Kicker’s Klassic and Battle of the Border soccer tournaments as tourney director with the Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation Division, all while working to earn his national D-level coaching license.
In addition to currently acting as the head of soccer operations at Heritage Christian Academy — a role he’s held since 2011 — Henson has previously served as president of both the Ambush Soccer Association and Hopkinsville Soccer Association, run youth clinics and led the Hopkinsville Crew indoor team.
A graduate of the 2004-05 Leadership Hopkinsville program, Henson has applied his knowledge and experience while serving as chairman of the Recreation Advisory Committee, as a member of the Hopkinsville Recovery Action Plan Committee and while assisting in the development and design of DeBow Park.
“The Sportsplex will bring opportunities to our area that is unlike anything we have had before. The ability to offer the types of tournaments, leagues and events that the Sportsplex allows will give us a definite edge on the surrounding counties,” Henson said. “Plus, it will give the citizens of Hopkinsville and Christian County a whole new set of opportunities to get healthy and reduce some of the travel that many of our families currently experience with family members who participate in competitive sports.”
Henson has loyally worked at the Kentucky New Era since 1988. He took over as the circulation director in 2010, overseeing the department and managing carriers, assistants and logistics for the distribution of six different newspapers to thousands of subscribers under the Kentucky New Era Media Group umbrella.
Throughout the past eight years in his role with the New Era, Henson has managed to reduce the required operational budget within the circulation department by more than 60 percent and streamlined delivery routes in order to achieve maximum dollars per mile.
Henson’s addition gives the Sportsplex a two-person staff of full-time employees. Henson will work hand-in-hand with Marketing/Events Coordinator Chris Jung to handle operations and logistics, as the brand new indoor sports complex works to continue attracting tournaments, forming leagues and creating programming.
About Hopkinsville Sportsplex
Projected to open in fall 2018, the $5.56 million Hopkinsville Sportsplex is a multipurpose facility of approximately 54,000 square feet that will host both recreational programming and tournament events. The Sportsplex, funded as part of a city-county community collaboration known as Hopkinsville-Christian County WINS, will feature three high school-regulation basketball courts (which can also be converted into six regulation volleyball courts), a multipurpose turf field, baseball/softball batting cages, ample spectator areas, concessions area, restrooms, party/meeting room, flexibility to host additional “non-sporting” events and more. For additional information, visit HopkinsvilleSportsplex.com or follow @HopSportsplex.