Henderson Leaves OSU Baseball Staff

July 15, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Gary Henderson, Oregon State's pitching coach for the last five years, is leaving to take the same job at Kentucky, it was announced Tuesday by OSU head coach Pat Casey. Henderson joins the Kentucky staff being assembled by new head coach John Cohen.

'Gary sees this as a great opportunity to help build a program from the ground up,' Casey said. 'That's a really exciting thing for him to be involved in, and it's also a chance for him to get back into the Southeastern Conference. Everyone in Oregon State's baseball program appreciates the work Gary has put in over the past five years; he's been not only a terrific part of our coaching staff but he and his family have been great friends, as well.

'He helped us make the transition into a combined Pac-10 conference and he's been a tremendous influence on our student athletes. We wish him the best.'

Henderson came to OSU in the summer of 1998 from Florida, where he had been on the coaching staff for four years. During Henderson's time at Oregon State, the Beavers have had pitchers earn All-Pacific-10 honors eight times, including a first-team selection this season for Jake Postlewait.

'It's a professional opportunity that I feel I have to pursue,' Henderson said of the Kentucky job. 'I want to thank Pat Casey and Oregon State for the experiences I've had over the past five years. It's been exciting to see the strides this program has taken in terms of facilities and operating as a first-class program. My family and I will miss Corvallis and the many friends we've made here, but I'm looking forward to taking on new challenges.'

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