Henry W. Coil Jr., is a lifelong Riverside resident and graduate of Riverside Poly High School where he was a prominent member of the Swim Team. He went onto UC Berkeley where he was a member of the Water Polo team, while earning his engineering degree. After graduation, Henry served his country in the U.S. Navy Seabee’s, helping in reconstruction operations in the Philippines.
After earning his law degree from Western State University, Henry had a long career of countless hours in public service in Riverside. He served on the City Council from 1963-1967 and as president of Tilden-Coil Construction, Henry served was an active leader on numerous public and private boards and committees. These include Riverside Community College District Foundation (three terms), as a Trustee for La Sierra University, Riverside Arts Foundation, American Red Cross, Mission Inn Foundation and the IJCR Foundation.
He is particularly passionate about his service to the Boy Scouts, earning the Distinguished Eagle Award recognizing his 50 years of continuous service. Henry was recognized in 1988 as Riverside County’s Distinguished Citizen and inducted into the Hall of Fame of Theta Tau (the national Professional Engineering Fraternity) in 1995. In 2011, he was honored with the Roy Hord Volunteer of the Year Award.
Henry has made a career of contributing to the local sports scene, including recent work at the RCC Aquatic Center and Wheelock Gymnasium and in generous support for individual athletes and teams at all levels.