MARSHALL, Texas – The East Texas Baptist University women’s basketball team recently announced the hiring of Caleb Henson, as the assistant women’s basketball coach, to join the coaching staff of Head Coach Rusty Rainbolt. Henson is a former American Southwest Conference women’s head coach after spending last season at the helm as head coach at Sul Ross State University.
ETBU head women’s basketball coach Rusty Rainbolt says, ““Coach Henson and his family are perfect additions for the ETBU Family. He is, first and foremost, a man that loves our Lord and loves his family. Coach Henson has also been very successful as a basketball coach. His experience is second to none. Along with getting him to join our staff, we are so excited to have his beautiful wife, Whitney, and precious daughter Blakely become a part of the ETBU family. His family will be such an amazing resource for the young ladies that will make up our team. We are very excited to see what the three of them will bring to the ETBU Family.”
Prior to his stint at SRSU, Henson coached at Lubbock Christian University for seven years as an assistant coach, where he helped guide the Chaps to No. 1 in the NAIA rankings for much of the 2012-13 season. The following season, LCU finished with a 25-1 record, including a 20-0 Heartland Conference record and in 2014-15, the Chaps finished as co-champions of the Heartland Conference and ranked fifth in the nation. The Lady Chap finished the 2015-2016 season as National Champions, with an undefeated 35-0 record, in their first season as full, active members of the NCAA Division II.
Henson began his coaching career at South Plains College and while there, he led the team to the Top 10 in the National Polls and the WJCAC Regional Tournament. Prior to his coaching career, he attended Howard Payne University, South Plains College, and Texas Tech University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in English. At HPU, he was on the basketball team as a player and a manager and while at South Plains College, he served as a manager for the Lady Texans team that finished #1 in the nation. He then went to Texas Tech working with Head Coach Kristy Curry and the Lady Red Raider staff. In those two seasons, the Lady Red Raiders advanced to the National Invitation Tournament.
He and his wife, Whitney, have one daughter, Blakely.