One of the most respected high school football coaches in the Texas Panhandle has agreed to become the new head football coach at Wayland Baptist University. Butch Henderson was introduced at a press conference held this morning in the lobby of the Pete and Nelda Laney Student Activities Center.
According to Dr. Greg Feris, WBU Director of Athletics, Henderson was the unanimous choice of the search committee.
“Butch 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.”
Last 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.
Henderson 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.
“We 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.”
Henderson 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 regional/area championships.
In 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.
Henderson’s 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 All-Star Game.
A 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.
Henderson 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 former track 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.