May 23, 2002
Albuquerque, NM – The University of New Mexico has hired former Clemson University women’s basketball assistant coach Jody Henson to replace Ed Wyant, who last month was named head coach at Wofford University.
“We feel very fortunate to have someone with Jody’s credentials,” UNM head coach Don Flanagan said. “Her background and recruiting and NCAA Tournament experience should help us a great deal. She came highly recommended from people all over the country and I feel we’ve got a quality person and coach joining the staff.”
Henson spent the past three seasons at Clemson. The Tigers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament 14 times in the past 15 seasons, including all three years while Henson was there. Clemson was 17-12 in 2001-02 and finished No. 22 in the nation. The Tigers lost to Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Henson also served as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona (1998-99), Southern Utah (1997-98) and Alaska-Anchorage (1995-96). She was an assistant at NCAA Div. II Alaska-Anchorage before becoming an assistant with the men’s team in 1996-97. The Seawolves won the conference title that year and earned a berth in the NCAA Div. II Tournament. Henson became only the second woman to coach a men’s team at a four-year college.
Henson is originally from Alaska and she graduated from Homer High School. She was a four-year letterwinner at Northern Arizona, ending her career as the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made (92) and attempted (307), third in games played (106), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.300), sixth in steals (120) and seventh in scoring (837). She graduated from Northern Arizona in 1995 with a degree in physical education.
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