LEWISTON, ID – Lewis-Clark State College Athletic Director Brooke Henze has been named the Women Leaders in College Sports Administrator of the year for the NAIA and community college level, the organization announced on Monday.
Henze, who is in her third year as athletic director and 14th year overall in athletic administration at LC State, will be honored during the Women Leaders in College Sports national convention on Oct. 15 in Phoenix. Henze is one of eight female college administrators who will be honored.
After serving as assistant and associate athletic director for 11 years at LCSC, she took over as athletic director on July 1, 2017, when Gary Picone retired.
Henze inherited a strong athletic program with LCSC sending either individuals or teams from 11 sports to an NAIA national championship over a three-year span. She has overseen continued success with the naming of five new coaches, including men’s basketball coach Austin Johnson, who led the Warriors to the Final Four of the NAIA Tournament in his first season, a program best.
For the 2018-19 school year, LCSC finished No. 21 in the Learfield IMG Directors’ Cup standings, a huge accomplishment considering the college does not offer 10 of the 24 sports that Learfield uses to determine the standings.
LCSC student-athletes excel in the classroom with 121 student-athletes having a GPA of 3.0 or better during the 2018 fall semester, including 20 with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
During Henze’s tenure as the athletic director, the college has been honored twice as the NAIA’s Best Championship Host for its work with the Avista NAIA World Series. The 10-team double-elimination tournament has been held at LCSC 28 times, including the last 19 straight. Henze recently worked out a contract extension with the NAIA that guarantees the tournament will remain at the college through 2024.