This Where Are They Now article is looking back into the 1960’s. We’re going to look back at football player Chuck Henry. Chuck played football, basketball and ran track while at Boyertown High School.
He and Kathiy, his wife of 33 years, live in Washington, Iowa. which is southeast of Iowa City. According to Henry, it’s big Hawkeye County (University of Iowa).
He retired from teaching and coaching football in 2006. Henry’s enjoying retirement, visiting family in Chicago, Arizona, Denver and in North Carolina where he also gets to spend time with his grandchildren. Henry also is enjoying the time to golf as well. Henry is still a substitute teacher at the middle school and high school in Washington. Henry also enjoys attedning the football games in his hometown.
Chuck enjoyed coaching, and coached for many years. “I enjoyed being around the kids and trying to implement a decent program,” said Henry. “We gradually worked to improve as team. Being around young people can keep you young.”
When you coach high school sports, there’s always something that you don’t enjoy. For Henry it was the preparation before the season started. He didn’t like handing out the gear, and all the pre-season things that a coach has to do. Once the season started, he enjoyed the practices and games. They prepared for the game that week, played the game and repeated the cycle all over again.
One season he remembers most is the 1979 season when he led his team to a state title.
Henry graduated Boyertown in 1962 and played football from 1959-1961. While in high school, Henry played football, basketball and participated in track. His high school football coaches were Warren Fry, Nick Knoll and Ralph Bornaman.
The football practices were a lot different when Henry played compared to what football practices are like today. He remembers not getting water breaks and the practices were two hours long.
Henry’s favorite memory from playing high school football was the opportunity to compete and play high school athletics.
“I enjoyed the opportunities and when you’re young, you don’t realize how fortunate you are,” said Henry. “You look back at it, what a great opportunity I had. I enjoyed all aspects of it.
“I could have stayed in high school. I enjoyed it. I hear kids say that they can’t wait to get out of high school, but those are the greatest years that you’ll have. Work and do the best that you can and good things will happen.”
Of the three sports that he played, football was his favorite. Coach Fry was the baseball coach and wanted Henry to play baseball as well. However, Henry chose track because he felt that it would help him for football season.
After graduation he attended William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he majored in education. His football coach at William Penn was Earl Craven for his first two years there, and then Don Tomlinson took over his last two years.
While at college, his team ran the same offense that he used when he was in high school - the Oklahoma split T. The offense was very familiar and the terminology was the same.
While out at college, he also ran track and played “B” squad. Henry’s favorite memory from college was being able to play in a small vs. big college all-star game, wherehad to face players from the big colleges in the statem like Iowa, Iowa state and UNI. However, he separated his shoulder in the last game of the season, and was unable to play in the game.
Chuck tries to get back to Boyertown every three years or so, and hopes to get back in another two years. He does have two sisters and a brother in the area that he tries to visit when he comes back to Pennsylvania.
“I enjoy seeing the changes that have occurred and the development,” said Henry. “I try to see some old friends, which I was able to do when I was here.”
Henry was inducted in the Boyertown Area Football Hall of Fame last fall and his son and step son came with him to see him be inducted. He was impressed with what BAFA does and was thrilled to be a part of it. Henry was also impressed with the stadium and the facilities at the school as well.
When he received the call to let him know that he was going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he had no idea what BAFA was, or what they did. But he found out about it quickly and realized what an honor it was to be inducted.
“It means that you’re associated with great people, some who have passed away and some that I knew,” said Henry.
Chuck did have one final thought as the interview ended. “It’s always a pleasure to meet everyone that was associated with it, to be part of it now and to have a say in future members to be inducted,” said Henry.