Eric Henderson

Eric Henderson

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Current conference: Summit League
South Dakota State record: 87-35 (.713)
Overall record: 87-35 (.713)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present South Dakota State
2016-2019 South Dakota State (asst)
2014-2016 North Dakota State (asst)
2008-2009 Iowa State (admin)
2006-2008 Iowa State (grad. asst)
2001-2003 Wayne State (asst)

Eric Henderson Facts

  • Eric Henderson
  • Hometown: Coggon, Iowa
  • Alma Mater: Wayne State University (BA, 2000) / Iowa State University (MS, 2008)
  • Played basketball at Wayne State (NE), where the program was led by future D-I head coach Greg McDermott
    • Began his coaching career at his alma mater, serving as an assistant under Rico Burkett for two years
  • Then coached the girls’ basketball team at Wayne Community HS (NE) for two seasons
  • Spent three years on McDermott‘s staff at Iowa State, first as a graduate assistant and then as a learning specialist
  • Returned to the HS ranks in 2009, spending five years coaching at Burlington Catholic HS in Wisconsin
    • During that tenure, he also had stints as the school’s principal and athletic director
  • Moved back to D-I basketball, working on David Richman‘s staff at North Dakota State for two seasons
  • Arrived at South Dakota State in 2016, spending three seasons as an assistant under T.J. Otzelberger
  • Promoted to head coach in March 2019, following Otzelberger’s departure to UNLV
    • Led the Jackrabbits to a Summit League title in his first year and was named conference COY
    • Followed that with another Summit crown in years two and three, making five-straight and eight in ten years for the program; reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2022 after winning the Summit League Tournament
      • The 2021-22 Jackrabbits were perfect in Summit play and won 30 games for the first time in program history
  • Along with his wife, Alicia, has three sons and one daughter

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