The camp will take place Dec. 29-30
Salukis get two left-handed pitchers and a two-way player
Brings a veteran presence to the coaching staff
Tryouts are scheduled for 6 p.m. at Itchy Jones Stadium
SIU was swept for the second time in 2013.
Ken Henderson enters the 2014 season, his fourth as head coach of the Salukis. This is his 30th year as a Division I coach and his 24th 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. In November of 2012, SIU extended Henderson's contract through the 2014 season.
The 2014 team features 15 newcomers, including 13 freshmen, and will feature more depth on a roster that saw the loss of only nine seniors from 2013. 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 three seasons 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.
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 35 players at Southern Illinois who have gone on to be drafted. Included on that list are 2009 World Series Champion Jerry Hairston, Jr. (currently with the Los Angeles Dodgers), Jason Frasor (currently with the Toronto Blue Jays) and P.J. Finigan, now the pitching coach with Henderson at SIU.
In Henderson's three seasons 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 addition, the Salukis placed three players on the MVC's 2012 All-Tournament team with Brian Bajer, Todd Eaton and Serritella.
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.
In his 27 years coaching at the Division I level, which included three-year stints at Kansas State (1984-86) and Oral Roberts (1987-89), Henderson has helped guide his teams to a 823-806-2 record. He enters the year with a 91-103 record in three-plus seasons as head coach.
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)||--|
|2014||Southern Illinois||Head Coach||26-31||4-17 (8th)|
*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.