Hensley Sapenter

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Hensley Sapenter
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1939-12-16) December 16, 1939 (age 77)
Playing career
late 1950s Prairie View
Position(s) Center, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995–1996 Prairie View
Head coaching record
Overall 0–22
Accomplishments and honors
Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame

Hensley W. Sapenter (born December 16, 1939) is a former American football player and coach. In 2003, he was inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Sapenter had recently retired after 19 years as the athletic director for the San Antonio Independent School District when he was hired as interim head coach and athletic director at Prairie View. He was told that he would only be hired full-time if he could win.[2]

In two years, Sapenter finished 0–22, making him one of the few coaches to have never won a game.[3][4] During his tenure, his teams were outscored 950–210.[5]

On September 24, Prairie View was drubbed 44–6 by Tarleton State, tying Macalester College's NCAA record 50 straight losses. They broke the tie the next week with a 64–0 thumping by Grambling—the 399th career win for Grambling's legendary coach, Eddie Robinson.

Ultimately, the streak would grow to 80 consecutive losses before it was broken in 1998.[6] Sapenter was first suspended with pay[7] and then subsequently fired following an investigation into the use of ineligible players.[8]

Playing career[edit]

Sapenter had better results as a player at Prairie View when he played center and linebacker for in the late 1950s—Prairie View fielded championship teams during this time period.[9] He played well enough to earn a place in the school's Hall of Fame.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Sports Illustrated/CNN "Once Upon A Time..." by John Ed Bradley, August 28, 1995
  3. ^ Prairie View A&M University coaching records
  4. ^ "Prairie View Agricultural & Mechanical University Directory". The Sports Network. 
  5. ^ http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/coaching/alltime_coach_year_by_year.php?coachid=4562
  6. ^ Sports Illustrated Memorable Losing Streaks, Prairie View A&M
  7. ^ New York Times "Team That's 0-58 May Have Broken Rules" September 4, 1996
  8. ^ NCAA News Releases
  9. ^ Sports Illustrated/CNN "Once Upon A Time..." by John Ed Bradley, August 28, 1995
  10. ^ Prairie View A&M Athletic Hall of Fame

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