Sept. 4, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golf coach Jim Anderson today added Erik Henson to his staff as an assistant coach.
Henson, 31, comes to Arizona after spending the last eight seasons as a highly successful high school coach in Texas, including the last three years at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. While at LTHS, he coached both the boys' and girls' golf teams to 23 team wins, six district championships, four regional titles and a pair of state championships (boys' 2011 and 2012).
Under his guidance, the Cavaliers were the top-ranked team in the state in 2011 and 2012 for both boys' and girls' golf. Additionally, he led LTHS to state runner-up finishes in 2010 (boys' and girls') and 2011 (girls').
"It's an honor to join a program with such a rich tradition and history," said Henson. "To be a part of that is special. It was an opportunity I could not pass up. I know Jim as a well-respected, high-character person who is dedicated to the game of golf. I am very excited to be here."
Prior to his time at Lake Travis, Henson also served as the girls' head coach and boys' assistant coach at Medina Valley H.S. in Castroville, Texas, (2007-09), guiding his teams to both district and regional championships. Six of his teams advanced to the University Interscholastic League state championships, posting three top-three finishes.
He was the head coach at Brackett High School in Brackettville, Texas (2005-07), leading the Tigers to its first UIL state championship appearances in school history. BHS finished fourth in 2006 and second in 2007 at the state meet. Additionally, Henson's charges captured two district titles, one regional championship and a regional runner-up finish in that span.
Henson started his coaching career at Boerne Independent School District in Boerne, Texas during the 2004-05 academic year.
In addition to the organization of practice plans and team travel, Henson was also responsible for hosting as many as four tournaments and raising as much as $20,000 annually.
A native of Boerne, Texas, Henson is a 2003 graduate of the University of Texas, where he earned a B.A. in geography. Prior to attending Texas, Henson played one year of college golf at Texas State University (1999-2000).
Henson and his wife, Rachel, were married in July.
"We are very excited about the addition of Coach Henson to the Wildcat golf program," said Anderson. "His work ethic matches our standards at the U of A. He brings youthful energy and innovative ideas to connect with our team now and in the future. Furthermore, he is a proven winner with multiple state championships as a golf coach, is hungry for success and will be in the college game for a long time."
Arizona opens the 2012-13 campaign, Sept. 10-11, at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate in Pullman, Wash.