Henderson reuniting with Cohen

Former Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson is expected to be named Mississippi State's next pitching coach. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

Former Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson is expected to be named Mississippi State’s next pitching coach. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

John Cohen and Gary Henderson are reuniting.

Henderson served as pitching coach for Cohen for five years at Kentucky and according to a source will now assume the same role at Mississippi State. The pair guided the Wildcats to the 2006 Southeastern Conference championship.

Henderson’s hire comes one day after Wes Johnson departed to become the pitching coach at Arkansas. Henderson had served as Kentucky’s head coach since 2009 before resigning earlier this month.

Henderson posted a 258-199 record with the Wildcats, won the SEC in 2012 and made two regional appearances. He was named the 2012 SEC Coach of the Year and was also the Collegiate Baseball National Assistant Coach of the Year in 1996 with the Florida Gators.

During his time as Cohen’s pitching coach, Henderson helped mold the pitching staff into one of the league’s best. UK posted a 3.95 ERA during its 2006 championship season which was third best in the SEC and led the conference in 2008 with a 3.71 ERA.

In addition to Kentucky and Florida, Henderson has also coached at Oregon State, Pepperdine, Chapman, Riverside Community College, Cal State Fullerton and San Diego State.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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