Over the past seven years, Aloysius Henry has been busy, to say the least. Coming from Bocage Secondary in Saint Lucia, he earned an associate’s degree in general education from Three Rivers College in Missouri.
He also played under junior college coaching legend Gene Bess, and helped the team to the NJCAA national title game, averaging 11.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in his last season.
The 6’10” forward moved on to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he got a bachelor’s degree in economics. He played 63 games and started 36 times for UNCG, averaging 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game en route to earning a pair of varsity letters.
From UNCG, Aloysius played one season of professional basketball in the Baltic League as a member of Estonia’s KK Parnu.
He then returned to the United States, and to North Carolina, where he coached the Cape Fear girl’s high school team in Fayetteville for the 2014-15 season.
In between all that, Aloysius found time to visit home, to get married to Whitney, and have a son Elijah, and to attain certification as a personal trainer.
With all that movement, it should come as no surprise that “Lo” meets a lot of people in airports. And one such meeting was in Atlanta, Georgi. There, his height struck a fellow passenger, with whom he struck up a conversation. The passenger turned out to be the wife of a college basketball coach.
“It’s crazy,” says Aloysius. “I met my new boss through his wife when coming back from overseas at the airport. Told her I just came from overseas and wanted to get into coaching.
Before the words could even come out my mouth, she said her husband, David Smith is the head coach at Methodist University, which is the same city I live in North Carolina.”
The Monarchs men’s team, which plays in NCAA Division 3, did not have an immediate opening for an assistant coach. But Aloysius stayed in touch with Smith, who has been coach at Methodist for over 20 years. Eventually, a position opened up.
Explains Aloysius, “At Methodist I am in charge of recruiting, so I travel a lot, meeting coaches from all over and top ranked athletes around the country. In practice, I am charge of the big man workouts since I am specialized in that field from being a former post player.”
Aloysius, whose brother Arnold also played NCAA basketball, says that one of his medium-term goals is to have an annual summer camp in Saint Lucia, where he hopes to bring American coaches to help develop and scout athletes from his homeland.