Texas --- One of the most respected high school football coaches in the
Texas Panhandle has agreed to become the new head football coach at
University. Butch Henderson was introduced at a press conference held
this morning in the lobby of the Pete and Nelda Laney Student Activities
According to Dr. Greg Feris, WBU Director of Athletics, Henderson was the unanimous choice of the search committee.
is an outstanding Christian gentleman and coach. He has a strong work
ethic, knows West Texas football like the back of his hand, and is a
perfect fit for
who and what we are as a university.�
spring, Wayland announced the reinstatement of intercollegiate football
to its athletic program after a 71-year absence. Over 100 athletes
have already committed
to form the Fall 2011 Leadership Class, which will practice, condition
and work at the level of any other collegiate football program with the
exception of playing a competitive schedule. The official WBU football
season will begin in the Fall of 2012.
takes over the position from Jeff Lynn who resigned two weeks ago.
WBU President Dr. Paul Armes says that the university is thankful for
the good beginning
foundation that Lynn left, and is thrilled and grateful that Henderson
has accepted the invitation to continue to build that initial foundation
into a vibrant and competitive football program.
are very enthusiastic about Coach Henderson�s arrival at Wayland. His
knowledge of the game, his excellent coaching history, and his
understanding of West Texas
athletes and athletics are unsurpassed. Additionally, both the depth of
his personal character and his strong faith commitment to Jesus Christ
make him a profoundly compelling match for our new program.�
has over 32 years of coaching experience, the last 23 of which was
spent at Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to his arrival
in Lubbock in 1988,
the Coronado High School football team had only six winning seasons and
one playoff appearance in its first 22 years of competition. In the 23
years since, the Mustangs have had 11 playoff appearances and four
addition, as Athletic Coordinator at the Coronado campus, Henderson was
instrumental in transforming the Mustang athletic program from having
only one consistent
winning team into being the strongest Class 5A program in the area that
stretches from Amarillo to the north, Odessa to the west, and San Angelo
to the south, according to a study by the Amarillo Globe News in 2010.
overall record as head football coach at CHS was 141-105. He won
District Coach of the Year honors a combined six times at Borger High
School and Coronado
High, and was the South Plains/Top of Texas Coach of the Year eight
times. Henderson was the recipient of the Coaches Care Award presented
by Gatorade in 1992. He has served on the Texas High School Coaches
Board of Directors, was on the THSCA selection committee
in 1990, and was the coach of the North Team for the 2008 West Texas
graduate of Artesia (NM) High School, Henderson received his Bachelor
of Science degree from Eastern New Mexico and his master�s degree from
West Texas A&M University.
He was the secondary coach and head track coach at Borger and in New
Braunfels before taking over the helm of a struggling Borger program in
1978. The Bulldogs appeared in the playoffs in four of the final six
years that Henderson served as head coach.
and his wife, Karen, a speech therapist, have been married 36 years and
have four children: Rex, a coach and teacher in Artesia, NM; Jodi, a
and soccer star at Wayland who is teaching in Irving, Texas; Janna, a
corporate fitness manager in Irving; and Rick, a freshman ministerial
student at Howard Payne University.