Reg Henley ’69 came to Lexington Christian Academy as a tenth grader as his parents sought a quality, Christian, college-prep education for him. LCA provided him with a great education and the opportunity to excel in his passion– basketball. Reg was a three year varsity basketball player and played varsity baseball his junior and senior years. He was appointed Captain of the basketball team for his senior year and also served as Senior Class President – a testimony to his leadership ability.
Reg was the first basketball player in LCA history to score 1000 points in his career, and was also LCA’s most influential basketball coach, serving for 25 years. Reg served at the Boston Courthouse and used most, if not all, of his vacation time to coach at LCA. Reg was inducted into our Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. The 1000 point basketball banner was hung in the Miles Strodel Gymnasium in 2018 in memory of Mr. Henley. There are now 8 athletes in total who have reached 1000 points in their basketball career, following in Reg’s footsteps.
While coaching at LCA, Coach Reg gave many players a ride home back to Cambridge or Boston in the evenings following a late practice or game. During those times he did not just talk basketball, but mentored countless young men about life. He is truly a legend at LCA. He was loved by all who met him, investing above and beyond to the students he coached and the athletic program at large. He wore that legacy humbly. Whenever he would visit the school he would be surrounded by people who wanted more time with him.
“I played on the JV Basketball Team and the Varsity Team. Reg was my coach while on the JV squad. I lived in Dorchester MA at the time and Reg would almost always take me home after each practice most of the time it was 10pm or 11 pm. We often times talked about life in Dorchester, basketball, or just being a black student at a predominantly white school. He understood how hard it would be to fit in or understand how my life made sense at the time. I knew that he was speaking from his own experiences. He cared, and I never asked him to and It came so naturally to him. I knew that I had a role at the school because of him. I thanked him every single time he gave me a ride home and to this day I will never forget how he helped me succeed outside of sports.”
-Steven Williams ’00