Febrary's Coach of the Month: Jessica Hennig

Jessica Hennig is a fourth year teacher at Norfolk Collegiate and a fan of all things history, but she holds a secret skill that allows her to teach students outside of the classroom. Hennig is Collegiate’s assistant swimming coach. While attending college at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, now Randolph College, she swam freestyle and backstroke and competed in many competitions. “My primary event was the 200 freestyle,” she said. “I swam in dual meets and at larger championships. For instance, I was in the Old Dominion Aquatic Club meets in 2000 and 2001. In the latter, I came in 17th in the 200 free and was almost medaled.”

This passion, drive and determination are why Hennig has been named February’s Coach of the Month.

What does it mean to you to be selected as the Coach of the Month?

It is a great honor, and I appreciate it immensely.

How did you get involved in coaching?

I swam in college until I suffered an injury which forced me off my team. I wanted to remain connected to the sport, so I began coaching for a local league. I loved sharing my passion for the sport with young swimmers.

 What is your goal for the team this season?

I would like each swimmer to drop time throughout the season, find an event that they love and, of course, have fun.

 What lesson do you strive to impart on your students-athletes?

Overall, I hope each swimmer finds pride in his or her team and fully supports every member of the team.

Is there a piece of advice that you were given that you try to impart on your athletes?

Never give up during a race. No matter how much you might want to or think that you cannot finish that race, do not give up and keep going.

What is something that people may not know about you?

My favorite movie is Gladiator.