March 27th is a day Eric Henderson will never forget. Early in the day, T.J. Otzelberger was named the new men's basketball coach at UNLV. Early that evening, Henderson, a 40-year old Iowa native, who's been an assistant coach under Otzelberger the past three seasons at sdsu, was named the Jacks new head coach. A quick transition that made things easier for the players.
"When Justin and President Dunn named me the new men's basketball coach, it was pretty special because you saw that sadness, and you saw that sad face turn into excitement," says Henderson.
A few days after the hire, Henderson's best returning player, guard David Jenkins Junior was granted his release to explore his transfer options. Henderson says he talked with Jenkins and all of the other players, about staying with the program.
"We want guys that want to be here. And when you've got guys that want to be here, special things happen. And that togetherness is so vital for a teams success, and that's who we'll be going forward too," says Henderson.
Henderson does lose the greatest player in program history in Mike Daum to graduation. Daum finished as the 7th all-time leading scorer in NCAAA history.
"Obviously we can't bring in a player at this time who can just take over for Mike Daum. It's gonna be something where our team is going to be a little bit more balanced, we're probably going to get some stops a little bit more often. Some toughness and some grit, it's really important for us moving forward that we have multiple ways to win," says Henderson.
Henderson has already been a part of a lot winning at SDSU. In those three seasons, the Jacks have won 70-games and gone to two NCAA Tournaments.
"To be a part of this for the past three years, you feel the passion and the excitement that our fans and alumni have," says Henderson.