Heather Henson enters her eighth season as Belmont University head women's soccer coach in 2018, the sixth coach in the history of the program.
The Bruins have won 50 matches during Henson's tenure, and gained national acclaim for academic achievement and community service.
In 2017, Henson's Bruins posted a 10-6-2 record, their most single-season wins during her tenure with the program and the most for Belmont women's soccer since 2009 before joinging the Ohio Valley Conference. Belmont made the OVC tournament for a second consecutive year and had four players receive OVC postseason recongition – Tara Austin, Julie Garst, Belicia Mendiola and Sydney Cason – for a second straight season as well. Mendiola was also named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-South Region Second Team.
During the 2016 campaign Henson led the Bruins to previously untouched milestones as they shut out five consecutive conference foes for a total to 531 scoreless minutes over a seven game span. The squad’s record-breaking OVC slate led to Belmont’s first OVC tournament appearance in four years and the second under Henson’s tutelage. BU’s success was rewarded when four different Bruins – Stephanie Bukovec, Brittany Coca, Belicia Mendiola and Anna Brock Hawkins – earned postseason recognition.
After graduating from Belmont, recent team members Stephanie Bukovec (2017) and Tara Austin (2018) went on to professional playing careers overseas. Bukovec is currently playing club soccer in Iceland while also a member of the Croatia National Team, while Austin is playing for a team in Sweden.
Under Henson's watch, the program has twice posted the highest team GPA in NCAA Division I as recognized by the National Soccer College Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Bruins earned the top mark for the 2013-14 school year at 3.73 and for 2014-15 at 3.83. The latter saw Belmont score highest among all NCAA women's soccer teams regardless of division. The program has received NSCAA Team Academic honors in each of her years as head coach and 14 consecutively through the 2017-18 school year.
The Bruins also earned the OVC Sportsmanship Award in 2015