Jim Hensel, 46, joined the Tennessee Tech coaching staff in the
spring of 2014 as an assistant coach. He works with the Tech
specialists (kickers, punters, snappers, and holders), and is also
the Director of Football Culture, working directly with the Tech
student-athletes, to develop them as individuals, intellectually
and socially. His assignments are diverse and will include
overseeing some football operations and community relations. 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 you reach your 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).