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A highly-regarded tactician, recruiter and motivator, Jermaine Henderson is in his third season on the Missouri State staff after joining Paul Lusk's coaching team on April 20, 2012.
Prior to coming to MSU, Henderson was the cornerstone of the men's basketball program at Miami (Ohio) University for 19 years. Prior to coming to Missouri State, he spent the previous 15 seasons as an assistant with the Miami RedHawks of the Mid-American Conference, including the last seven as associate head coach. He also began his playing career with Miami, coming to campus in the fall of 1993 on his way to becoming a mainstay on the Oxford, Ohio, campus.
After a four-year stint as a player, he worked as a volunteer assistant for coach Charlie Coles in 1997-98 and then moved into a full-time assistant role the following summer. He was promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach in June 2005 and was an intricate part of the program's daily operations, including scouting, administration, budgeting, development, mentoring, academic coordinating and recruiting.
During his tenure as a player and coach, Henderson helped the RedHawks go 329-252 overall and 207-123 in the MAC. He was part of 10 postseason tournament runs, four conference titles and two MAC Tournament championships. MU played in four NCAA Tournaments (1995, 1997, 1999 and 2007) and made one Sweet 16 run in addition to being selected to the NIT in 1994, 1996, 2005 and 2006. Miami was also part of the CBI in 2008 and 2011.
Henderson was a senior on Coles' first Miami team in 1996-97, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the MAC Tournament title. He served as team co-captain that year and averaged 8.3 points and 3.4 rebounds with 16 starts. He completed his 89-game playing career with 86 three-pointers which ranked No. 8 in school history at the time. He also was a two-time recipient of the program's Jamie Mercurio Award, the team's most meaningful postseason award which is presented annually to the RedHawks player who best demonstrates courage and perseverance.
Henderson coached 33 All-MAC players during his time at MU, including 11 first-team picks, and ten 1,000-point scorers. He also helped mold two players who went on to earn MAC Player of the Year and All-America honors in Michael Bramos (2009) and Wally Szczerbiak (1999). The native of Columbus, Ohio, went 3-3 as interim head coach for the red and white during stints in 2007-08 and 2011-12 while the late Charlie Coles tended to health-related issues.
A native of Columbus (Ohio) East High, Henderson earned Street & Smith's All-America recognition over his final two seasons and averaged 22.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists as a prep senior. He was also a two-time all-state, all-conference, all-district and all-city selection.
The 39-year-old is single and was brought to Missouri State by Coach Lusk due to his impeccable professional credentials, tremendous work ethic, and his vast experience in all phases of coaching.