Jim Hensel, 46, joined the Tennessee Tech coaching staff in the spring of 2014. As the Director of Football Culture and Operations he works directly with the Tech student-athletes, to develop them as individuals, intellectually and socially. His assignments are diverse and include overseeing some football operations and community relations responsibilities.
In 2014 as an assistant coach, Hensel worked with the Tech specialists (kickers, punters, snappers, and holders). Hensel came to Tech after three years as the Player Development and Culture Coach at the University of Northern Colorado.
Over the last decade, he has directed the Strength and Honor Code Foundation and authored the “Pathway to Purpose,” a process designed to help individuals, coaches, businesses, and teams define themselves. The process creates tools by identifying core values, putting philosophy into language, and developing an authentic culture to help reach full potential on the field and in life.
A native of Loveland, Colo., Hensel graduated from Loveland High School in 1987. He was a four-time letterwinner and a four-year starter at cornerback at the University of Northern Colorado before earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in coaching in 1992.
Hensel and his wife, Kristen (Larimore), have three children: daughters Taylor (22) and Brittni (20), and a son, Lawson (17).