Henderson resigns as football coach

Defensive coordinator Marcos Hinojos to serve as interim head coach
Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 4:59 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2022 at 7:23 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) - Wayland Baptist head football coach Butch Henderson has stepped down, submitting his letter of resignation today.

“God has blessed (wife) Karen and me with the time we have spent at Wayland. We climbed from nothing to a winning program but were not able to maintain the winning level,” Henderson said. “I’m not giving up on our kids, but with the losses come administrative pressures and with the strong class that is coming, I feel the need to step out of the way so that this class has nothing that hinders their success.”

WBU Athletics Director Jim Giacomazzi said Wayland “appreciates Coach Henderson’s years of service and dedication to the university and Pioneer football.

“Butch is one of the most quality men I know; his integrity is impeccable. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

Henderson was the head coach when Wayland restarted its football program in 2012 for the first time since it was dropped 72 years earlier. The Pioneers went 2-7 that season.

Wayland’s first winning season came in 2016 when the Pioneers won seven of their first eight games and were ranked No. 22 in the NAIA. They wound up 7-3, finishing third in the Central States Football League. (WBU football began playing within the Sooner Athletic Conference in 2018.)

The Pioneers’ next most successful season was in 2018 when they went 5-5. The team won two games each of the past three seasons. They started out this past season 2-2 before dropping their last six outings, going 2-7 in the SAC for eighth place in the 10-team league.

Henderson’s record at Wayland in 11 seasons was 32-75 overall and 20-49 in conference play.

Giacomazzi said the search for a new head coach begins immediately. He added that defensive coordinator Marcos Hinojos, who has been on the Pioneers’ staff since 2015, will serve as interim head coach.