MEET THE COACH
Dave Henson and has been with ROJA since 2017 but has been coaching high school girls at the select club level since 2009.
As the club’s Director of Coaching Education, Henson is responsible for:
- Establishing curriculum and session plans for club usage
- Facilitating assessments and evaluations based on ROJA’s standards for club style of play
- Focusing on coach development by expanding their knowledge of new and innovative coaching techniques
- Presenting effective ways of teaching players within their specific age groups based on cognitive models for understanding
- Assisting coaches with session planning to incorporate skills like sports physiology, communication, injury prevention, conditioning, nutrition, and periodization
Henson believes in the holistic development of the player, which can be seen in the manner in which he continues to develop himself. He has traveled to England to experience the training sessions of various Premier League clubs and has traveled to the Isle of Man and participated in the English Elite Development Program.
In 2020, Henson earned his Master's Degree from Ohio University in Sports Science with an emphasis in Soccer Coaching, where he focused on bringing evidence-based science into coaching the game of soccer. Currently, the program is the only one of its kind and features current US Women’s National team coach, Vlatko Andonovski, as an alum.
Henson earned his BSN RN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and worked as a pediatric nurse specializing in pediatric and neonatal intensive care for many years. His current endeavors include working with several businesses in the Omaha metro area.
Henson is a devoted husband and father of three daughters, and is a massive Liverpool fanatic!
Why did I choose to coach for ROJA?
I came to ROJA because the true mission was all about the kids and the benefit of working with so many excellent coaches who share a common mission was refreshing!
Having the opportunity to coach allows me the opportunity to give back to kids and assist them in their growth as players and people. The enjoyment I get from watching players succeed is priceless.
Ohio University, Master of Sports Science with an emphasis in Coaching Soccer, 2020
US Soccer ‘D’ License
Certified with the Professional Football Scout Association (PFSA) – England Level 1 & 2 (2015)
Certified in Talent Identification with the Football Association (FA) – English Level 1 (2017)
US Soccer Coaches Association Level 1 Goal Keeping Diploma
Numerous other coaching certificates from the US Soccer Coaches Association (2019-2020)
“It needs time. Nobody wants to hear it, but that’s the truth: if you want to have success in the future, you have to be ready to work now.” – Jurgen Klopp, Manager Liverpool FC