Ken Henderson
    Ken  Henderson

    Vinita, Okla.

    Head Coach


    Alma Mater:
    Missouri Southern (1983)


    Saluki Baseball ends season with 3-2 loss to Evansville

    Southern finished the season with a 31-25-1 record


    Salukis lose 10-8 on walk-off home run

    Southern allowed six runs in the eighth inning


    Saluki Baseball opens MVC Championship with 4-3 win over Evansville

    Chad Whitmer earned his seventh win of the season


    Salukis end regular season finale with 2-1 loss to Bradley

    A ninth inning rally fell just short for SIU


    Saluki Baseball outhit in 7-1 loss to Bradley

    SIU had eight hits in the game to Bradley's 14


    SIU vs. WIU 02/27/16

    Photos from Saturday Feb. 27, 2016's game against Western Illinois


    Photo Gallery vs. Missouri State

    Photo Gallery vs. Missouri State May 8-10, 2015


    SIU Baseball Missouri Valley Tournament vs. Wichita State

    Photo Gallery


    SIU Baseball Missouri Valley Tournament vs. Evansville

    Photo Gallery


    SIU Baseball Opening Day at Itchy Jones Stadium vs. Illinois

    Photo Gallery

    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.

    Ken Henderson's Record

    Year School Position Overall Conference Postseason
    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 -- --
    1990 N/A N/A
    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 --
    OVERALL Head Coach 129-180 44-77

    *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.