Madisen Skinner Boyfriend: Who Is The NCAA Champion Dating?

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With cozy pictures and adorable comments, the Texas Longhorns player Madisen Skinner raised eyebrows about whether her boyfriend was UCLA volleyball star Merrick McHenry.

However, McHenry is openly gay, which snuffed out Skinner’s dating rumors with him. But still, fans won’t sit quietly unless they find out about the NCAA Champion’s boyfriend.

So, who could be Madisen in a relationship with?

American College Volleyball Player Madisen Skinner
American College Volleyball Player Madisen Skinner (Source: Instagram)

Born in Katy, Texas, Madisen Skinner currently plays volleyball for the University of Texas alongside Ella Swindle.

In 2023, she led the team to the NCAA Championship title and became the NCAA women’s volleyball Final Four most outstanding player.

This season, she averaged 4.8 kills a set and led Texas in aces while earning the Big 12’s Player of the Year award.

She transferred from the University of Kentucky as a sophomore in 2022, having led the team to the 2021 NCAA title.

Skinner comes from a family of sports enthusiasts. The Longhorns’ outside hitter is the daughter of former NBA star Brian Skinner and his wife Rebecca.

Madisen Skinner Boyfriend: Who Is The NCAA Champion Dating?

Skinner’s agility and notable spikes not only got her attention & accolades but also populated queries on her dating life.

Amid her low-key relationship, curious fans scanned through her social profiles in hopes of finding her boyfriend.

Seemingly, the 6 feet 2 inches tall Faith West Academy alum is in a relationship.

In an Instagram post of May 2023, she shared a carousel of pictures that featured a mysterious guy (face & identity not disclosed).

According to pictures, Madisen seemed to have joined him for lunch and gone on a golf course before he dropped her home.

Texas Longhorns Player Madisen Skinner Is Dating Her Secret Boyfriend
Texas Longhorns Player Madisen Skinner Is Dating Her Secret Boyfriend (Source: Instagram)

This made fans confirm that she was dating and that the mysterious guy was her boyfriend.

Moreover, her fellow Texas Longhorns teammate, Asjia O’Neal, commented, “She’s in love!!!”. Another of her teammates, Molly Phillps asked her to go Instagram official about her relationship & wrote, “Come on insta official.”

So far, nothing more on Skinner’s boyfriend. Hope it won’t be long before the volleyball star introduces her beau to fans.

Skinner’s Dating Rumor With Merrick McHenry

In June 2023, Madisen shared an Instagram post where she seemed cozy with Merrick McHenry, a UCLA volleyball player.

Merrick’s been sharing pictures with Madisen since 2019 and often mentioned each other as “bae” and commented “love you” on posts.

Many claimed that the two were dating, however, it turns out that those were rumors.

Skinner And Her Gay Friend Merrick McHenry, A Collegiate Volleyball Player
Skinner And Her Gay Friend Merrick McHenry, A Collegiate Volleyball Player (Source: Instagram)

McHenry, the UCLA Bruins middle blocker, is only good friends with Madisen. On top of that, he is openly gay.

He is the son of two collegiate athletes, father Metrick McHenry, who played football at Texas Tech, and mother Jennifer McHenry, a former volleyball player for the Red Raiders.

Madisen Skinner Family: Parents And Siblings

The former Kentucky Wildcats player Madisen was born on July 2, 2001, to Brian Skinner and Rebecca Williams Skinner. As of 2024, she is 22 years old.

She is one of six kids of her parents and grew up with five siblings: three sisters, Avery, Jada, and Phoenix, and two brothers, Malachi and Brian Jr.

Her father, Brian (b. May 19, 1976), is a former NBA player who played 14 seasons with teams like the LA Clippers, 76ers, Cavaliers, and Bucks.

He was the 22nd overall pick of the Clippers in the 1998 NBA draft, the same year draft as Antawn Jamison, Vince CarterDirk Nowitzki, and Paul Pierce.

Madisen Skinner With Her Former NBA Star Father, Brian
Madisen Skinner With Her Former NBA Star Father, Brian (Source: Instagram)

Madisen Skinner’s sister, Avery, born on April 25, 1999, is the oldest of all and is also a volleyball player.

An alum of Baylor and Kentucky, Avery currently plays for the Italian women’s volleyball club Chieri (2022- present). Also, she represented the United States in international volleyball games.

Her younger sister, Jada, is a high school volleyball player at Fulshear High School (class of 2028). Also, she plays for the junior volleyball club, Houston Skyline Volleyball.

Krishna Pandey
Krishna Pandey

Krishna Pandey

Krishna Pandey is a versatile writer with a passion for exploring the diverse and dynamic world of sports. His articles offer readers a captivating blend of sports analysis, human interest stories, and cultural insights, providing a holistic view of the athletes and events that shape the sports landscape.


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