Bill Henderson

Bill Henderson (1901-1979)

Teams coached: Baylor Bears
Baylor record: 201-233 (.463)
Overall record: 201-233 (.463)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1945-1961 Baylor
1941-1943 Baylor

Bill Henderson Facts

  • R. E. Henderson
  • Born 1901
  • Died July 5, 1979
  • Hometown: Ballinger, Texas
  • Alma Mater: Howard Payne University (BA, 1925)
  • Started his coaching career at Temple HS (TX), winning a state championship title in 1928
  • First arrived at Baylor in 1941, coaching the Bears for two seasons before stepping away for two years
  • Returned as head coach in 1945, winning the SWC title and reaching the NCAA Tournament in his first year back
    • Would win four SWC titles between 1946-50 and reached the NCAA Final Four in both 1948 and 1950
      • His 1947-48 team reached the title game, losing to Kentucky in Madison Square Garden
    • The on-court success fell off a bit after 1950 and Henderson finished his tenure with a 201-233 overall record
    • Resigned in 1961 after the Bears went just 4-20 (fifth losing season in the previous six years)
  • Later spent three years as Baylor’s athletic director (1968-71)
  • Inducted into the Baylor HOF (c/o 1966) Texas Sports HOF (c/o 1976) and Southwest Conference HOF (c/o 2013)
  • Passed away in 1979 at the age of 78

Bill Henderson Coaching Tree

  • Carroll Dawson (Baylor)
  • Bill Menefee (Baylor)