OFFICIAL: Thompson steps into new role at Emory & Henry; Sensabaugh named Interim Head Coach

Earlier today, I mentioned a men’s basketball coaching change at D2 Emory & Henry (D2 DIRT). Here’s the official release on the reorganization within the athletics department which has led to the coaching change:

Dr. Anne Crutchfield ’89, who has served as Director of Athletics (AD) since 2018, along with five years as head women’s basketball coach from 2014-19, will transition from Vice President for Athletics and assume responsibilities for athletics strategic projects.

Assuming the AD position will be Kyle Sensabaugh ’14, a former E&H basketball player from 2009-13. Sensabaugh began coaching at Emory & Henry in 2013 with the men’s basketball program for two seasons followed by time with the women’s team from 2019-23. He joined Emory & Henry as a full-time administrator in 2020 as assistant athletic director with a focus on developing a center for student-athlete success. He has been responsible for more than 1,000 student-athletes, managing a caseload of 200 per semester.  

“Kyle is an established campus leader and coach. He is a respected and engaged director who supports our students with great effectiveness,” said Wells. “He has great results helping our student-athletes achieve academic success while maintaining their eligibility.”

Sensabaugh will assume his duties beginning July 1, 2024, and also serve as the interim head men’s basketball coach for the 2024-25 academic year. Ben Thompson, former head men’s basketball coach, will assume new responsibilities in the Emory & Henry Advancement office, serving as a Major Gift Officer and supporting the Collective Connection Campaign initiatives. Thompson has served as the men’s coach since 2018.

A national search will be conducted for a head men’s basketball coach during the 2024-25 academic year to be announced following the conclusion of next season.

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