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Head Football Coach
John Hendrick

At the press conference held on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. in the Swinton Campus Center (Conference Room C), John Hendrick was announced and introduced as the new Benedict College Head Coach beginning with the 2003 Tiger Football Season. Hendrick, the former Assistant Coach at Mississippi State University, built his collegiate coaching reputation on developing untested talent into perennially formidable State defensive lines.

After finishing his eighth season at MSU, and his seventh as defensive line coach, Hendrick has proved his work to be an integral part of MSU's rise to the nation's lead in total defense and rushing defense in 1999. Under his guidance, MSU's first line of defense allowed only 222.5 yards in opponent total offense and 66.9 yards of rushing offense by its foes. MSU's defense led the Southeastern Conference in every category.

Along with 20 plus years extensive coaching experience with football programs such as the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), Temple University, Kansas State University, Green Bay Packers (NFL), Louisiana State University, Texas A&M, Southern University, University of Pittsburgh, and Delaware State University, he also brings a wealth of knowledge in recruiting.

In an interview, Hendrick commented that becoming a head coach is something he has been working toward for the last 21 years. He also explained how he could bring a different type of leadership and organization to the football program.

SEE ALSO 04/30/2003 and 08/07/2004 articles.

For more information, call the Athletic Department at 253-5411 or e-mail.