Southern finished the season with a 31-25-1 record
Southern allowed six runs in the eighth inning
Chad Whitmer earned his seventh win of the season
A ninth inning rally fell just short for SIU
SIU had eight hits in the game to Bradley's 14
Photos from Saturday Feb. 27, 2016's game against Western Illinois
Photo Gallery vs. Missouri State May 8-10, 2015
Ken Henderson enters the 2016 season, his sixth as head coach of the Salukis. This is his 32nd year as a Division I coach and his 26th as a member of the SIU coaching staff. A long-time assistant, Henderson took over as the interim head coach prior to the 2011 season following the passing of long-time friend and head coach Dan Callahan. The interim tag was removed following the 2011 season.
The 2016 team features 25 returning players from the 2014 squad and seven newcomers. The team will have a veteran presence this year, as the roster features 14 juniors and four seniors.
The 2015 squad was one of the youngest teams under Henderson, with 12 freshmen and 15 new players.
The 2014 team featured 15 newcomers, including 13 freshmen.The Salukis saw pitchers Sam Coonrod (5th round, San Franciscon Giants) and Todd Eaton (34th round, Kansas City Royals) selected in the MLB draft. Under Henderson, the Salukis had had six players drafted in four years.
In 2013, the Philadelphia Phillies drafted senior left-handed pitcher Cody Forysthe in the 25th round, making him the fourth Saluki draft pick in Henderson's time as head coach. Forsythe set the school record for career starts (49) and innings pitched (346.2) and finished fifth in career strikeouts (246). The 2013 squad also featured five All-MVC selections, including second-teamers Forsythe, Austin Montgomery and Todd Eaton.
In 2012 Henderson guided SIU to a 31-28 record, an improvement by eight wins over his first season as head coach, and advanced to the championship game of the MVC Tournament despite being picked to finish sixth in the conference. Southern recorded its first season with a winning record since 2008. One of the season highlights included a victory over No. 19 Stetson as the Dawgs swept their way through the Bright House Invitational, hosted by Stetson. In addition, the Salukis placed three players on the MVC's 2012 All-Tournament team with Brian Bajer, Todd Eaton and Serritella.
The 2012 team hit .294, second highest in the Missouri Valley. In addition, SIU led the conference in slugging percentage (.436), runs scored (378), hits (610), RBI (342), doubles (125), home runs (50), extra-base hits (185) and total bases (905) in 2012. The team's 125 doubles matched a school record.
First baseman Chris Serritella was named a 2012 All-American by five different organizations. He was a Baseball America first-team All-American, the first in 31 years at SIU. Serritella won the 2012 MVC batting title and led the conference in seven other offensive categories.
Serritella was drafted by the Phillies in the fourth round in 2012, and left-handed pitcher Nathan Dorris went to the Cubs in the 17th round. Henderson has coached a total of 37 players at Southern Illinois who have gone on to be drafted. Included on that list are 2009 World Series Champion Jerry Hairston, Jr. (retired), Jason Frasor (currently with the Kansas City Royals) and P.J. Finigan, now the pitching coach with Henderson at SIU.
In Henderson's fourseasons as head coach, the Salukis have garnered 14 All-MVC spots, including five on the 2013 squad. The Dawgs have placed four players on the All-MVC first team during his tenure.
In 2011, Henderson's first full season as interim head coach, he guided Southern Illinois to a fifth-place finish in the MVC, despite being picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll. SIU did so without two of its top players in Serritella and closer Lee Weld, who both missed the entire season with injuries. In addition, Aaron Snyder missed the majority of the season after he was projected to be a weekend starter for the Dawgs. Southern Illinois' 2011 roster featured 27 players, 19 of which were freshmen or sophomores.
Henderson also served as interim head coach for the final 20 games of the 1994 season and led SIU to a 12-8 record. Henderson guided Southern to a winning record that season after the club started the year winning just 15 of its first 33 games.
He came to Southern Illinois in the fall of 1990 as an assistant coach and held the title of associate head coach from 1993-2010 under head coaches Sam Riggleman and Callahan.
Prior to joining Southern Illinois for the 1991 season, Henderson served as an assistant coach at Oral Roberts where he assembled several recruiting classes that ranked among the nation's elite by Collegiate Baseball. In 1987, he helped ORU to a 49-14 record and runner-up finish at the NCAA West I Regional.
A 1983 graduate of Missouri Southern State, Henderson played for one of the nation's top NCAA Division II programs. Following graduation, he began his coaching tenure at his alma mater before moving on to coach at Kansas State from 1984-86.
Henderson is a native of Vinita, Okla. He and his wife, Pam, reside in Carterville and have two sons, Keegan and Connor.
|1983||Missouri Southern State||Assistant Coach||15-24||District 16 Tournament|
|1984||Kansas State||Assistant Coach||14-24||4-18 (7th)|
|1985||Kansas State||Assistant Coach||29-33||8-14 (4th)|
|1986||Kansas State||Assistant Coach||24-34||5-19 (7th)|
|1987||Oral Roberts||Assistant Coach||48-19||8-0 (1st)||NCAA West I Regional|
|1988||Oral Roberts||Assistant Coach||30-29||--||--|
|1989||Oral Roberts||Assistant Coach||36-18||--||--|
|1991||Southern Illinois||Assistant Coach||27-36||6-18 (6th)||--|
|1992||Southern Illinois||Assistant Coach||19-31||6-13 (7th)||--|
|1993||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||22-29||5-15 (7th)||--|
|1994||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach*||27-26||9-10 (5th)||--|
|1995||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||21-30||8-21 (9th)||--|
|1996||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||29-26||18-12 (3rd)||--|
|1997||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||23-32||13-15 (5th)||--|
|1998||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||19-35||11-21 (8th)||--|
|1999||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||25-29||9-22 (8th)||--|
|2000||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||26-30||15-17 (5th)||--|
|2001||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||19-36||10-21 (8th)||--|
|2002||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||32-24||17-15 (4th)||--|
|2003||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||30-25||17-13 (3rd)||--|
|2004||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||27-32||15-16-1 (4th)||--|
|2005||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||38-21||15-9 (3rd)||--|
|2006||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||33-25||12-12 (5th)||--|
|2007||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||34-22||13-11 (t-3rd)||--|
|2008||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||34-23||12-12 (5th)||--|
|2009||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||24-28||11-9 (5th)||--|
|2010||Southern Illinois||Associate Head Coach||28-29||10-10 (t-3rd)||--|
|2011||Southern Illinois||Head Coach||23-34||11-10 (5th)||--|
|2012||Southern Illinois||Head Coach||31-28||9-12 (5th)||--|
|2013||Southern Illinois||Head Coach||25-33||6-15 (7th)||--|
||Southern Illinois||Head Coach||26-31||4-17 (8th)|
|2015||Southern Illinois||Head Coach||12-46||6-15||--|
*Henderson served as interim head coach for the final 20 games of the 1994 season. Under Henderson, the Salukis posted an overall record of 12-8 and a conference record of 8-8.