Longtime Gannon Wrestling Coach Makes Gift in Memory of Wife

Posted: November 23, 2016

An estate gift of $50,000 by Gannon University's head coach of wrestling, Don Henry, will help to support an endowed wrestling fund. The gift will also name the Don and Diane Henry Wrestling Room in the University's Recreation and Wellness Center.

"I am very proud to have both of our names on the new wrestling training facility," said Henry. "I believe that it will empower more student-athletes to achieve greatness in the classroom, on the mats and in life."

Coach Henry is in his 33rd season at Gannon and has lead the wrestling team to some of its best seasons, coaching eight regional champions and qualifying wrestlers for the national championships 42 times. In March of 2014, Henry was inducted into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame.

"Gannon Wrestling is a reflection of Diane's and my life together. Great things develop if you put in the work and make the sacrifices necessary to be great. It is true with relationships and building a wrestling program," said Henry.

The Don and Diane Henry Wrestling Endowment Fund is among the 246 endowed scholarships at Gannon, providing more than $1.3 million in scholarship support annually to 413 deserving students from diverse locations, backgrounds and financial circumstances.

Ninety-eight percent of undergraduate students at Gannon University received financial aid in the 2015-16 academic year. Endowed gifts to Gannon can also help fund faculty professional development, student and faculty research, speaker series, study-abroad programs, mission trips, academic departments, athletics or the library.