It has been 23 years since Kentucky Christian University has fielded a varsity-level baseball team and we are pleased to announce that the wait is over. Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, KCU will once again take to the diamond. Chris Hensley has been hired to revive the program. Hensley, an Ashland, KY native, is a KCU graduate ('88) and 3-year starter for the Knights during his years on campus. If the name "Hensley" sounds familiar to those acquainted with KCU baseball, Chris' father, Dale, served as head coach during the 1980's and led the team to many of their most successful seasons.
President Jeff Metcalf had this to say, "The re-introduction of baseball as an intercollegiate sport has been on the strategic plan for some time and it is so very gratifying that we have a coach such as Chris Hensley to lead this important program. Coach Hensley, as an alum and former student athlete at KCU, knows the college intimately and shares a passion for using athletics to develop the personal, physical, and spiritual lives of students. Coach Hensley's aggressive plan for developing the program, including an on-campus playing facility, is already being set into motion and his enthusiasm is infectious."
Dr. Metcalf continued, "Not many people realize that KCU was fielding baseball teams as far back as the 1920s! Although the history of baseball at KCU has included times of dormancy, we are excited to see the program resurrected and under the capable leadership of Coach Hensley."
Chris and his wife of 27 years, Terri, have two children. Heath is a Russell High School graduate and junior at the University of Charleston (WV) and Laurel, is a sophomore at Russell. The family attends Bridges Christian Church.