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Kevin Henderson begins his third season at TCU as assistant coach for hurdles after coming to Fort Worth in August 2012 after four years at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
In his second season with the Frogs, Henderson directed freshman Jordan Moore to a spectacular debut, garnering Big 12 titles in the 60 and 110-meter hurdles events and Second Team All-America honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Moore burst onto the scene when he shattered a 14-year-old school record in the 60-meter hurdles in his preliminary heat at the New Mexico Invitational. His prelims time of 7.83 didn't last long as he would break in the finals with a time of 7.72, earning him a second-place finish. Two weeks later at the Tyson Invitational, Moore would set a new record again with a time of 7.70, a time that was third in the nation at that point and would finish tied for ninth in the nation.
The duo of Henderson and Moore set the tone in the indoor season that no record is safe and continued that mantra in the outdoor campaign. Moore began the outdoor slate with three straight first-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles. At the Big 12 Championships, he captured the 110-meter hurdles crown and tied LaTerance Dunbar's school record with a time of 13.64 seconds. He capped off his freshman season with a third-place finish in his individual heat and 12th overall at the NCAA Championships.
Henderson guided Lavon Collins and Larissa Matthews to strong seasons in his first season with the Frogs. Collins dropped his 400 hurdles PR by nearly a second en route to finishing fifth at the Big 12 Championships and qualifying for the NCAA West Preliminaries. Henderson's work with Collins helped the junior become an indispensible member of TCU's All-American 4x400-meter relay team.
Matthews was able to find the form that made her a star as a freshman under Henderson. She finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles at the Indoor and Outdoor, respectively, conference championships. Matthews missed out on a trip to Eugene and the NCAA Championships by 0.01 seconds at the NCAA West Preliminaries, finishing 13th.
Henderson was the Bulldogs' coach for sprints and hurdles and the program's recruiting coordinator. In his four seasons at the blue oval, Drake became a program noted for having strong competitors in the hurdles events.
On the men's side, Henderson helped guide Jon DeGrave to four Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) titles, including the 2010 MVC Outstanding Men's Track Athlete of the Year award and three trips to the NCAA West Preliminaries.
On the women's team, Ari Curtis became the standard bearer for Drake hurdlers, and Henderson is to credit. Curtis qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships and USA Outdoor Championships in 2010 and has lowered the Drake school record in the 400 hurdles by over three seconds.
In 2012, Henderson coached Marissa Smith to a sweep of the MVC sprint hurdles races as the senior took the title in the indoor 60-meter hurdles and the outdoor 100 hurdles. Smith set Drake's school record in the 100 hurdles and qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary.
Prior to joining Drake, Henderson served as an assistant coach at Mesa Community College in Arizona.
Henderson, a 1987 graduate of Auburn, was the USA Outdoor Track and Field champion in the 400 hurdles in 1988. While competing at Auburn, Henderson was a six-time All-American and six-time SEC Champion. His 1987 Indoor 4x400-meter relay team still holds the Tigers' school record in the event. He was also a two-time team captain. Henderson set the Penn Relay 400-meter hurdles record in 1987.
Henderson and his wife, Kristine, have two sons, Samuel (13) and Daniel (9).