Updated April 2012
Jermaine Henderson, who has been a part of the Miami program as a player and a coach for 19 years and has been a full-time member of the Miami coaching staff for 14 seasons, has served as head coach Charlie Coles' right-hand man for several years and been a vital member of the staff during his tenure.
His long-term dedication and loyalty to the program over the years proved critical when he stepped in to guide the RedHawks over the final three weeks of the 2007-08 season while Coles tended to health matters. In his first game stepping in for Coach Coles, Henderson guided the RedHawks to an inspired 73-49 win over Ohio on March 1. Henderson stepped into the lead role again at Kent State before being named interim head coach on March 8, one day prior to Miami's final regular-season game against Bowling Green, when it became clear that Coles would most likely be unable to return to the sidelines for the remainder of the season.
Miami closed out the regular season with a 75-59 win against the Falcons and captured hard-fought wins against Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference Tournament first round and against Ohio in the quarterfinals. Miami dropped a grueling two-point game to Kent State in the semifinals but earned a berth in the College Basketball Invitational to make its fourth-straight postseason appearance. Henderson finished with a 3-2 record in the interim role.
Henderson again had to step into a leadership role on Feb. 25, 2012 at Buffalo as Coles remained in Ohio to attend to health matters. Although he stepped in for just one game during the 2011-12 season, he led Miami in a spirited effort against the Bulls.
"Jermaine has been involved in all facets of the program and does an outstanding job," said Coles. "He has been a vital part of our success over the years, and his dedication to the betterment of our players and this program is unparalleled."
After a four-year playing career with the Red and White and one year as a volunteer assistant, Henderson joined the RedHawk coaching staff in a full-time capacity in 1998 and has enjoyed a 19-year tenure at Miami as a player and coach. Henderson spent seven seasons as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in June 2005, becoming the first associate head coach in program history.
In addition to his work on the court, Henderson has served as a guest speaker at several events and has been a motivational speaker during Business Week for the school of business at Miami University for several years.
Henderson was a senior on Charlie Coles' first Miami squad in 1996-97, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament after seizing the Mid-American Conference Tournament title. Henderson joined Coles' staff after serving as a volunteer assistant in 1997-98. The Columbus, Ohio, native earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in December 1997.
In his 19 years as a player and coach with the RedHawks, Henderson has compiled a 329-252 overall record and 207-123 Mid-American Conference mark. He also has enjoyed jaunts in the postseason 10 times during his Miami tenure, including NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 2007, back-to-back National Invitation Tournament berths in 2005 and 2006, and an invitation to the inaugural College Basketball Invitational in 2008 and another berth in the CBI in 2011.
During his four-year playing stint, the Red and White manufactured an 84-35 (.706) overall record and a 53-19 (.736) MAC mark. A four-year letterwinner at Miami, Henderson concluded his career ranked eighth on the school's all-time 3-point field goal list (86).
He served as team co-captain as a senior and is one of only eight players in Miami history to participate in four postseason tournaments (1995 and 1997 NCAA, and 1994 and 1996 NIT tourneys). He was a member of the Mid-American Conference regular-season championship teams in 1994-95 and 1996-97 and MAC Tournament Championship team in 1996-97. He concluded his career as a two-time recipient of one of Miami's most meaningful postseason awards--the Jamie Mercurio Award. The honor is given for courage and perseverance.
Henderson prepped at Columbus East High School, averaging 22.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game as a senior and earning Street & Smith All-America recognition over his final two seasons. He was a third-team all-Ohio and honorable mention all-Ohio selection as a senior and junior, respectively, and was a two-time first-team all-city, all-conference and all-district pick.