Dionne Henley joined the Tennessee State University women’s track program in August 2007. Henley is the primary coach for hurdles, long jump, triple jump, and high jump. In just her first year, Henley has helped the Tigerbelles to a 2008 Indoor Championship.
Prior to joining the staff at TSU, Henley served as the assistant coach for men’s and women’s hurdles at Middle Tennessee State University. She taught hurdles for the 110 meter, 110 meter and the 400 meter. While coaching at MTSU, Henley accomplished three conference championships and trained four All-Americans in the 100 meter, long jump, 100 meter hurdles, and the long jump.
As a standout athlete, Henley was a two-time All-American at MTSU. She earned honors in hurdles and the long jump in 1994 in addition to being named the Ohio Valley Conference Track Woman of the Year. She was also the NCAA national champion in the high hurdles in 1994 and held six different records at MTSU.
An accomplished world athlete, Henley reached the semi-finals at the 1992 Olympic Games. In the 100 meter hurdles, she placed fifth at the 1995 World Championship, fifth at the 1996 Olympic Games, sixth at the 1997 World Championship, fourth at the 1998 World Cup, sixth at the 1999 World Championship and sixth at the 2001 World Championship.
In addition to her accomplishments in the Olympic Games and World Championships, Henley also placed fifth at the Goodwill games in 2001 before finishing first at the Caribbean Games in 2002.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Henley graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with bachelors of science in Leisure and Recreation in 2005 and is currently pursuing masters in Sports Marketing.