A talented athlete in his own right, Milton Henry is arguably one of the most talented jumpers to come out of Kansas City, Kansas over the course of the last couple of decades. After graduating from Sumner Academy in 2005, he found success on the collegiate level becoming a two-time All-American. He competed under the guidance of legendary coach Al Hobson and jumped to a career best mark of 25 feet 5 and 1 quarter inch.
"The way Coach Henry joined the staff is pretty similar to the way Coach Faulk came aboard", states head coach Vernon Birmingham. "One of our athletes invited her cousin, which happened to be Milton to our informational meeting and she basically volunteered him to join our staff. I went home and like with Dexter, googled him and said welcome to the staff", laughed Coach Vernon.
An area Pure Talent Elite wanted to become deeper was the horizontal jumps. In the area of field events they found success previously capturing national medals in the throws and high jump but just scratched the surface in the long jump. "We really have a desire to become a complete track program", says Coach Vernon. He went on to add, "We understand in this sport everyone won't be a runner or a thrower but if they have decent speed and will listen then Coach Henry can develop them into long jumpers".
During the 2014 campaign, Coach Henry tutored a couple handful of athletes to success including District, Regional, and Junior Olympic qualifiers. This year he will have the opportunity to work with some aspiring triple jumpers. "He is one of the most patient coaches I've come across...I mean I watch him explain things over and over again to athletes and you never see an expression of frustration on his face", said Coach Vernon.
Coach Henry was also instrumental in the success of the 9 and 10 year old girls’ 4x100m relay team. This team won the Region 16 championship and finished in the top 25 in the nation. When asked what Coach Henry means to the team Coach Birmingham had this to say. "Milton is one of the most dedicated people I've ran across. This man works a full-time job overnight, would wake up to come to practice for two hours, run home to grab a couple more winks, then go to work...all for young athletes he desires to see get better. Those are the type of coaches I want on our staff."