Pat Henderson, who has served on staffs that have won seven conference championships in five different leagues, begins his third season on the coaching staff at the University of Kansas and his 28th overall year on the sidelines. After serving as a coach for the Jayhawk secondary in 2002, Henderson jumped across the line of scrimmage to mentor the running backs beginning with the 2003 season.
Joining the KU staff represented a homecoming for Henderson, who worked the 2000 and 2001 seasons as an assistant at SMU. Henderson is a 1975 KU graduate and a former Jayhawk player under legendary coach Don Fambrough.
In 2003, Henderson's running backs at Kansas averaged 165.5 yards per game and gathered an average of 4.4 yards per carry during the season. He was instrumental in the development of current KU tailbacks Clark Green and John Randle, who were both named honorable mention All-Big 12 after the 2003 season.
While at SMU, he worked with the defensive tackles for the Mustangs in 2000 and served as secondary coach and special teams coordinator in 2000 and 2001.
He was defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Tulsa from 1997-99 and was named interim head coach at the school to close the 1999 season.
Henderson served as defensive coordinator at TCU from 1994-96 and helped the Horned Frogs to their first back-to-back winning seasons in 30 years. TCU was co-champion of the Southwest Conference in 1995.
In addition, Henderson has worked on the coaching staffs at Purdue (1990-93), Arizona State (1985-89) and Tulsa (1983-84). During his stint as defensive backs coach at Arizona State, Henderson was part of a coaching staff that led the Sun Devils to the 1986 Pac-10 Championship and a win in the 1987 Rose Bowl.
Henderson has also been involved in coaching several outstanding players during his career. He has coached 14 players who have had careers in the NFL.
He and his wife, Mary, have two sons, Brian and Jeff and a daughter, Kelli. Brian is a software engineer in Tulsa, Okla. Kelli recently married Jake Stoetzner and started a residency at OU Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. Jeff is co-owner of Pony X Press Printing, Inc., in Dallas, Texas.