High School Sports

A Coast coach is stepping down after leading his program to back-to-back state titles

After building Gulfport High School’s boys program into a soccer powerhouse, head coach Henrik Madsen has decided that it’s time to step away.

The high school announced Tuesday that Madsen has resigned his position as the head boys soccer coach after nine years on the job. on April 9, it was announced that Madsen will be come the women’s soccer coach at Pearl River Community College.

“I have loved my time as the head coach for Gulfport High School,” Madsen said in a press release. “The support from teachers, administration and athletic department has been great. I am looking forward to following the Admiral Nation for years to come. My family thanks all the players and parents for this memorable time as part of the Admiral family.”

At PRCC, Madsen replaces Jack Byrd, who was hired to take over the program at the Mississippi University for Women.

“Coaching college has always been something we thought about but with family time it was hard to figure out,” Madsen said in a press release. I think we’re in a good spot now. After my time at Gulfport, fresh off of two state championships, it was a good time. Junior college jobs never come open, and when Pearl River happened to come open, I thought it was well worth the time to explore and see if they’d be interested in me coming up to coach.

“This is the premier junior college program in the state in my mind, so as far as applying for the job it was an easy decision for us.”

The native of Denmark led the Admirals to their second consecutive Class 6A state championship by beating Northwest Rankin 2-1 on Feb. 9 in the state championship game in Brandon.

The Admirals finished the 2018-19 season with a record of 19-2-4 and a No. 5 national ranking from MaxPreps.

Madsen, who was a standout as a player at William Carey in Hattiesburg, served on the soccer staff at Gulfport for 11 years and the last nine as the Admirals’ head coach.

His overall record is 136-51-15 with eight Division 8-6A titles and two state championships.

“We greatly appreciate everything Coach Madsen has done for Gulfport High school during the past 11 years,” Gulfport athletic director Bryan Caldwell said in a press release. “His accomplishments speak for themselves. He leaves the program on solid ground and in a position to continue our great soccer tradition. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Gulfport will immediately begin its search to find a new head coach.

Patrick Magee is a sports writer who has covered South Mississippi for much of the last two decades. From Southern Miss to high schools, he stays on top of it all.