Quincy Henderson, a former Madison La Follette standout who helped lead the Lancers men’s basketball team to a state championship, has been named St. Cloud State University.
Henderson becomes the 14th men’s basketball coach in St. Cloud State.
He spent eight seasons as an associate coach at NCAA Division II West Texas A&M, where he helped lead the Buffaloes to a 210-50 record, three conference titles, five conference tournament titles and six NCAA tournament appearances, according to with a St. Cloud. State Newsletter.
West Texas A&M has made the NCAA tournament each of the past six seasons with Henderson on the bench and has advanced to the final eight three times, including an NCAA finalist appearance in 2021.
St. Cloud State is part of the Northern Sun Division II Intercollegiate Conference.
Henderson grew up in Madison, where he was a senior basketball and volleyball player for La Follette. Henderson helped lead the Lancers to the WIAA Division 1 state basketball championship in 2002.
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La Follette won the state title that season led by head coach Eric Nelson and Henderson, Michael Flowers, Jason Flowers, Jonte Flowers and Terrence Jackson.
Henderson had 13 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in the Lancers’ 43-40 victory over Fond du Lac in the title game. He had 24 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in La Follette’s 62–55 win over Wauwatosa East in the semifinals and seven points and four rebounds in a 51–49 quarterfinal win over Appleton West.
“Throughout the process, Quincy’s trust and integrity shined brightly, as did his approachability and easy relationship with players, alumni and community members,” said St. Cloud State, Heather Weems, in Friday’s statement. “As an associate coach at West Texas A&M University, he has achieved incredible success and is recognized as a connected recruiter, strong leader and committed mentor.
“…As a two-time national champion at Winona State during his time as a student-athlete, he is familiar with the NSIC footprint and its quality men’s basketball programs. I am confident he will be a great asset to our department and community as he develops our youth and promotes success on the court.”
Henderson, upon being introduced as a coach, said he was thrilled and thrilled by the opportunity.
“The success of all athletic programs is a reflection of the great coaches, administrators and student-athletes who call St. Cloud from home,” he said. “I have been blessed to spend the last eight years with one of the top Division II athletic programs in the country and have worked for and with two of the best coaches in the game during that time, Tom Brown and Chris Gove. My life has been greatly enriched because of them, and I will be forever grateful to them.
“As I look forward to the next chapter of Husky basketball, I look forward to introducing a program, style and connection that the St. Cloud will be proud, honoring the rich history and traditions that have gone before.”
West Texas A&M won its fifth consecutive Lone Star Conference tournament title and competed in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.
The program in the 2020-21 season became the first in Lone Star Conference history to secure four consecutive conference tournament championship titles. He advanced to the NCAA Division II national championship game for the first time in the program’s history.
Henderson helped lead West Texas A&M to their first Division II Final Four appearance in 2017-18 and a program record of 34 wins and an appearance in the final eight in 2018-19.
Henderson spent two seasons as an assistant in Division III Illinois Wesleyan before West Texas A&M. He started his college playing career at Creighton and then transferred to Winona State in the 2004-05 season, according to the statement.
He averaged 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds as a three-year starter for the Warriors. Winona State advanced to the NCAA Division II national championship game each season, winning NCAA titles in 2006 and 2008. The Warriors set the Division II record for most consecutive wins (57) and wins in a season (38). ) by winning three NSIC regular-season and tournament titles with Henderson on the court.
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