April 19, 2012
SPRINGFIELD - A cornerstone of the men's basketball program at Miami University for the past 19 years is coming to Missouri State University.
Jermaine Henderson, a highly-regarded tactician, recruiter and motivator, will join Coach Paul Lusk's staff as an assistant coach at MSU, beginning April 20. Henderson has spent the last 15 seasons as an assistant with the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks, including the last seven as associate head coach. He began his playing career with Miami in 1993 and has been a mainstay on the Oxford, Ohio, campus ever since.
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 has since been an intricate part of the program's daily operations, including scouting, administration, budgeting, development, mentoring, academic coordinating and recruiting.
"I'm certainly thankful for the opportunity Coach Lusk has afforded me," Henderson said. "Missouri State and the Missouri Valley Conference as a whole have always stood for a standard of excellence in college basketball, and I'm anxious to get there and get started."
During his tenure as a player and coach, Henderson helped the RedHawks go 329-252 overall and 207-123 in the Mid-American Conference. He has been 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.
The 37-year-old 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 head coach Charlie Coles tended to health-related issues. Lusk said Henderson brings impeccable professional credentials and tremendous work ethic to his staff with vast experience in all phases of coaching.
"Jermaine is very well respected in our profession and has been part of many successful teams at Miami," Lusk said. "He has recruited a lot of quality players, is a great motivator and been in charge of the program's daily operations for much of his time as an associate head coach. We are extremely thrilled to have him at Missouri State and know he will make a great addition to our staff, our program and our community."
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.
"Jermaine has been involved in all facets of the program (at Miami) and does an outstanding job," said Coles, who served as head coach at MU from 1996-2012. "He has been a vital part of our success over the years, and his dedication to the betterment of our players and this program is unparalleled."
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 product of Columbus (Ohio) East High 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.
He replaces Steve Woodberry on the Bears' staff after Woodberry departed for an assistant coaching opportunity at the University of Tulsa earlier this month. His hire is pending formal approval by the Missouri State Board of Governors at its next meeting, May 17.