Bill McHenry provided W&L with his quality leadership abilities, first on the playing fields and later as an administrator and coach.
McHenry was the captain of the last subsidized football team in 1953 and he was twice named to the United Press International All-America team as an honorable mention selection at center. Following his senior season he played in the Blue-Gray All-Star game in Alabama and in the College All-Star game in Chicago. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins. McHenry was also a three-year letterman in lacrosse.
Following his graduation from W&L he went on to a successful career in coaching and athletic administration at Pennsylvania Military College (now Widener), Williams College and Lebanon Valley College.
McHenry returned to W&L in 1971 as athletic director and chairman of the physical education department. Over his 18 years in that role he was active in a number of organizations, serving as president of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference while also serving on the NCAA Division III Football Committee.
McHenry also coached W&L's football team from 1973 to 1977, enjoying his best year in 1976 when W&L won four of its final five games to finish 5-5. McHenry finished his career in athletics by serving as the athletic director at the College of Wooster from 1991 until his retirement in 1996.