Bruce Henderson Named Women's Basketball Director Of Operations

Nov. 2, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State University women's basketball program recently added Bruce Henderson to its staff as director of operations announced head coach Judy Spoelstra.

Henderson joins the Beavers after having served the past six seasons as an assistant coach at Portland State University.

'Bruce Henderson is an outstanding addition to our staff,' said Spoelstra. 'We're extremely lucky to have someone as professional, experienced, and skilled in this position - we've just reaped benefits from day one since he's been here.'

After graduating from Willamette University (Salem, OR) in 1984 with a degree in economics, Henderson returned to his alma mater, Roosevelt High School in Hawaii, where he served as assistant coach for men's and women's basketball from 1985-90. He made the transition to college coaching when he returned to Willamette and was assistant men's basketball coach from 1990-94, before joining the women's basketball staff from 1994-97.

'Bruce is great with the athletes and wonderful with people,' said Spoelstra. 'He's very good with the technical aspects of the game, which is a nice bonus. This is definitely a win-win situation - Bruce chose us.'

Henderson fills the shoes of Mary Kincaid, who spent the past two seasons as director of operations, before being elevated to an assistant coach in September. Heath Alexander was also elevated in responsibilities after the departure of Todd Corman in August.

'Mary will serve as an on the floor coach now and has been very vocal in practices, while Heath has moved into more of a recruiting type of position,' said Spoelstra. 'Both of their experiences and knowledge of in-state coaches makes this a great move for OSU.

'I thought we've had a great staff the last couple of years, but it just keeps getting better and we're gaining experience.'

Oregon State opens the 2004-05 season on Sunday, with a 2 p.m. exhibition game against Northwest Allstars.

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