Greg Henington, Belen High School football’s head coach for the past three years, has resigned from his position with the Eagles to become the offensive coordinator at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque.
“It was a very tough decision because of how I feel about the kids and the community,” said Henington. “However, they have been extremely supportive.”
Henington took over Belen’s football program in 2016. During his tenure, the Eagles compiled a 27-9 record over three seasons — including 2017’s trip to the state championship game after a 12-1 record.
In 2018, Henington led Belen to a 7-5 record and a district runner-up finish.
“I think the foundation for Belen football was set in the 50s and 60s,” said Henington. “It carried on for many years after. However, I do feel like every player and coach these past three years went above and beyond to continue with the program’s growth. I also feel that it is set up for the next coach to continue the success.”
Henington said the decision was a difficult one to make, but he and his wife ultimately decided to pursue an opportunity that can improve their future. He said telling his players was an emotional experience.
“I am going to miss these kids,” said Henington. “They truly mean the world to me.”
Quarterback Luke Aragon describes Henington as a “great coach and mentor” who cared about the success of his players during his time at Belen. Aragon said he was shocked to hear the news of Henington’s departure, but he understands the decision and wished Henington success at Eldorado
“I understand that coaching is a business and you do what’s best for your family,” said Aragon. “I was sad because we shared a lot of great memories together…but I know we’ll both go on with our careers just fine.”
Belen athletic coordinator Steven Contreras said the head coaching job at Belen has been posted, and they will follow district policy as they go through the hiring process with a fair interview committee and a thorough search.
“I am disappointed to see him leave,” said Contreras. “Over the past three seasons, he ran a successful program. He is a very knowledgeable and hard-working football coach. Our student-athletes were well-prepared and competed extremely well against the state’s best teams! He will be greatly missed. However, he made a decision that was best for him and his family at this point and we wish him the best moving forward.”