Head Coach Eric Henderson
Eric Henderson was promoted to head coach of Jackrabbit men's basketball March 27, 2019 and will enter his first year at the helm in 2019-20. He spent the past three years as an assistant under T.J. Otzelberger, rising to associate head coach for the 2018-19 campaign.
In remaining at SDSU, Henderson will be a head coach for the first time at the collegiate level. The 22nd head coach in Jackrabbit basketball history, Henderson began his coaching career as an assistant at Wayne State (Neb.) from 2001-03 and returned to the collegiate ranks as an assistant at North Dakota State from 2014-16 after coaching in the prep ranks in Wisconsin.
A gifted teacher and skill development coach, Henderson has been an integral part of the program’s recent success. In his three years on staff, as the Jackrabbits have compiled a 70-33 overall record, including a 35-11 mark in Summit League play. SDSU made postseason appearances each season, starting with back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2017 and 2018, followed by an NIT bid in 2019 after winning the Summit League regular season title for the second year in a row.
The Jackrabbits have held one of the top home-court advantages in Division I men's basketball, combining for a 40-3 record at Frost Arena over the past three seasons. SDSU put together a 21-game home-court winning streak from January 2017 until December 2018.
A 2000 graduate of Wayne State (Neb.), Henderson began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater from 2001-03 as an assistant coach. After coaching girls' basketball at Wayne Community School for two seasons, he moved on to Iowa State, where he was the graduate manager for the Cyclones' men's basketball team from 2006-08 and a learning specialist for the 2008-09 season. He returned to coaching in the prep ranks at Burlington Catholic Central High School in Burlington, Wisconsin, from 2009-14, while also serving stints as principal and athletic director.
He and his wife, Alicia, live in Brookings, South Dakota with their four children, sons Kooper, Kort and Kyler, and daughter McKinley.