Henderson State has hired Shawn Jones as the university’s new director of athletics beginning in January. Henderson President Glen Jones made the announcement at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
Jones comes to Henderson from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., where he has served 13 years in the athletics department. Most recently, Jones served as the senior associate athletic director for external operations.
“I am pleased to welcome Shawn, Melissa and their children to the Henderson family,” said President Jones. “Shawn is a recognized leader whose commitment to the development and success of student athletes, varied leadership experiences and character, will serve the university well immediately and in the future.”
Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist battled through three overtimes Nov. 16 before the Reddies emerged with a hard-fought 60-52 victory. It’s the fourth straight year that Henderson has beat Ouachita, and the second consecutive year Henderson has ended the regular season undefeated as GAC champions. The Reddies will host St. Cloud State in a first-round playoff game on Nov. 23 at noon.
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Director of Athletics Kale Gober will be leaving Henderson State University later this month to accept a position with the University of Arkansas. Gober, who has led the HSU athletics program since August 2010, has been hired as the assistant athletic director for development.
Henderson president Glen Jones commended Gober’s leadership for the department, which has seen a significant period of growth and success under Gober’s tenure.
“Kale has been a dynamic administrator for Henderson State,” said Jones. “His commitment to the coaches and students is evident by the achievements on and off the field. In spring of 2012, more than 50 percent of our student athletes had a 3.0 GPA or better. We wish him well in his new appointment at the University of Arkansas.”
Henderson honored its female athletes, physical education, recreation and sports medicine majors in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Tuesday. Rachel Hannah, a 2002 graduate of Henderson, was the guest speaker. Hannah is an instructional specialist at Cesar Chavez Middle School in Waco, Texas. She has been a middle school teacher, athletic coordinator and coach. Her coaching career began at Henderson as a graduate assistant for the volleyball program under current head coach Rhonda Thigpen. While at Henderson, Hannah was a four-year letter winner and team captain with the women’s basketball program.
Henderson State University will honor its female athletes, physical education, recreation and sports medicine majors in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Tuesday, Feb. 5. A special program, which is open to the public, will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Garrison Center Lecture Hall.
“Females in the profession and the world of sports have come a long way,” said Rhonda Thigpen, Henderson volleyball coach and an organizer of the event. “Each year, we take the time to celebrate the history and accomplishments of girls and women in sports as Congress has proclaimed this national day each year since 1987. It recognizes the progress of girls and women in sports and the benefits that sports and fitness activities can bring to the lives of all girls and women.”
A Henderson State single-game record of 12,035 fans saw the high-octane offense that has been the 2012 Henderson State football team veer from their norm as a prolific passing attack to an offense that found a wealth of success on the ground to the tune of 305 yards on Saturday afternoon as they cruised to a 42-7 rout over cross-street rival Ouachita Baptist in the 2012 Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine.
The win for the Reddies (10-0, 8-0 GAC) not only gives them the coveted claim as the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine champions, but it also gives them the outright Great American Conference Championship, an unbeaten and untied regular season for the first time in school history.
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In one of the most exciting games of the season to date, Henderson State was able to hold off Southern Arkansas by defeating the Muleriders by a score of 44-36, Saturday night in Magnolia, Ark.
With the win, the 9th-ranked Reddies claimed at least a share of the Great American Conference title and improve to 9-0 on the season and 7-0 in league play. The 2012 Reddies are only the sixth team in 105 years of Henderson State football to record nine or more wins in a season.
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The Reddies football team gave Henderson a homecoming victory on Oct. 20 with a 49-14 thumping of East Central Oklahoma. The Reddies remain undefeated and have sole possession of first place in the Great American Conference. The win also moved the Reddies into the American Football Coaches Association’s Top 10.
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Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist renewed their cross-street rivalry with this year’s volleyball edition of the Battle of the Ravine on Oct. 16 at the Duke Wells Center. Ouachita earned a three-set sweep over Henderson by scores of 26-24, 25-23, and 25-21.
The Reddies defense smothered the Boll Weevils throughout the game.
Henderson State’s defense forced a season-high six turnovers, while the offense totaled 655 yards as the 14th-ranked Reddies shutout Arkansas-Monticello by a score of 71-0 on Saturday afternoon at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Henderson State, 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Great American Conference, scored 50 or more points for the fifth time this season, while the defense recorded its first shutout since the Reddies blanked the Boll Weevils 47-0 on October 2, 2010.
Henderson fans had plenty to cheer about as the Reddies beat Southeastern Oklahoma 56-20 at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium . View more photos
Henderson State entered Saturday’s game with Southeastern Oklahoma sporting the third-highest offensive output nationally, averaging 555 yards of offense per game, but it was the defense and special teams that propelled the Reddies to a 56-20 win over the Savage Storm, Saturday at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium.
Henderson State, 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Great American Conference, was limited to just 45 offensive plays and possessed the football for just 16:55 the entire game.
The main reason for the low time of possession number for the Reddies was a result of four special teams or defensive touchdowns. They also benefited from a pair of big offensive passing plays that resulted in touchdowns to limit the time the Henderson offense could be on the field.
The Henderson Hooligans were out in full force for the Reddies’ first football game of the season.
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Henderson State totaled 564 yards of offense as the Reddies rolled to a 63-21 win over Southern Nazarene in the opener of the 2012 football season in front of a hometown crowd of 5,742 at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium in Arkadelphia Wednesday night.
The Reddie offense had 384 yards through the air and 180 yards rushing, while the Henderson defense allowed just 265 yards, most coming in the fourth quarter against the reserve unit.
Henderson took control of the game in the first half as sophomore quarterback Kevin Rodgers completed 19 of 25 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns.
Henderson swimming coach Coak Matthews prepares to help Ann Robinson use the new chair lift.
Ann Robinson has been swimming for 21 years and knows the benefits of water exercise. The 1956 graduate of Henderson State moved back to Arkadelphia six years ago and began swimming regularly at Henderson’s Aquatic Center.
In March of this year, Robinson had to quit swimming because it became too painful for her to use the steps to enter the pool. But it wasn’t long before Henderson and Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia (BHMC-A) formed a partnership that helped Robinson return to the pool.
Together, Baptist and Henderson purchased a swimming pool lift that provides seniors easier access to the pool. The chair was installed about three weeks ago. “I think it’s wonderful,” said Robinson. “I was so happy when Coak called,” referring to Coak Matthews, Henderson swimming coach and director of the aquatic center.