TU hires Henderson

Oklahoma State Assistant Coach Danny Henderson has joined the Tulsa basketball coaching staff, Haith announced.

A longtime Texas high school basketball coach, Henderson spent the 2016-17 season on the Oklahoma State coaching staff, following three seasons as an assistant coach at Boise State University.

At OSU, Henderson helped the Cowboys post an overall 20-13 record and reach the NCAA Tournament.

During his three-year tenure at Boise State, he helped the Broncos win the 2014-15 Mountain West Conference title and at least 20 games each season. Henderson was responsible for defensive game plans and worked individually with the Boise State post players.

“He is an outstanding Xs and Os coach, who has developed an outstanding reputation as a defensive tactician,” Haith said. “Danny had incredible success as a head coach on the prep level in Texas before moving to the college ranks, and certainly the relationships that he developed over the years in the state will only add to our recruiting efforts in Texas.”

Henderson won over 700 games and four state titles as a high school coach in Texas.

“Coach Haith’s coaching record and reputation speak for themselves and I just love everything that he and his staff — both Coach Seals and Coach English — had to say about this program that they have built,” said Henderson. “I really like what I see with the student-athletes that we have coming back, along with our incoming class, and I believe we will have a team that Golden Hurricane fans can be proud of both on and off the court.”

Haith also has added David Deets as the program’s director of athletic performance.

Deets, who is a native of Newcastle, Okla., comes from Mississippi State, where he spent the last two years as the director of basketball performance for the men’s basketball team. With the Bulldogs, Deets designed and oversaw a half-million dollar renovation of the weight room with state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

“With David, we’ve added one of the premier athletics performance coaches in the country,” Haith said. “He is extremely well thought of in the profession and we’re grateful to be able to bring in someone of his caliber to our program. David is someone that I’ve kept an eye on through the years and I’ve watched him have a major impact with several high-level programs in the SEC and Big 12. I have no doubts that he will make that same impact with our student-athletes to help them maximize their physical potential.”