The Pearl River women’s soccer program is set to enter into a new era in 2019 with the hiring of Henrik Madsen as the team’s new head coach.
Madsen came to Pearl River fresh off of leading Gulfport to back-to-back MHSAA Class 6A State Championships. The Denmark native has three MHSAA state championships to his resume, plus another title from his time at Dominican High in New Orleans.
A native of Denmark, Madsen brings a diverse soccer background to Poplarville.
Madsen got his coaching start at Dominican High in New Orleans, where he won a championship in 2007 and was named the Louisiana High School Coach of the Year the same season. Following the 2008 season Madsen joined the staff at William Carey University. The Crusaders made their first Elite 8 appearance with Madsen serving as Danny Owens’ assistant, mostly working with strikers.
In 2009, Madsen joined the Gulfport School District as a teacher and a year later took over as head coach of the Admirals’ boys soccer program. During the next nine seasons, Madsen built a 136-51-15 overall record with state championships in 2010, ’18 and ’19. Following the Admirals’ most recent state title, which saw GHS climb to No. 5 in MaxPreps.com’s national rankings, Madsen was named the Mississippi Association of Coaches Coach of the Year.
Overlapping with his time at William Carey and GHS, Madsen, who has a United States Soccer Federation B License, has also been the Assistant Director of Coaching at Gulf Coast United FC since 2008. Part of his responsibilities with GCU included partnering with other organizations to challenge his players by sending local athletes to train with international professional clubs. He also ran summer and specialty camps and developed training programs, while leading his teams to two National Tournament berths.
Last January, Madsen was named the head coach of Port City FC, a men’s club in the Gulf Coast Premier League, and promptly led the Sounders to the franchise’s first GCPL title.
Madsen and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Teddy, Iben and Bailey.