Mark Hendrickson (American football)

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Mark Hendrickson
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born Richland, Iowa
Alma mater University of Northern Iowa
Playing career
1976–1979 Northern Iowa
Position(s) Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983–1986 Georgia Tech (RB/WR)
1987–1989 Georgia Tech (LC/ST)
1990–1991 Georgia Tech (TE)
1992 Iowa (Assistant)
1993 Southeast Missouri State (OC)
1994–1998 Iowa (ST)
1999–2007 Western Illinois (OC)
2008–2012 Western Illinois
Head coaching record
Overall 18–32

Mark Hendrickson is an American football coach and former player with the University of Northern Iowa.[1] He was the coach of the Western Illinois Leathernecks from 2008 until his firing on November 20, 2012.[2] His record was 20–37 as the head coach.

Coaching career[edit]

Hendrickson's first coaching job was at Georgia Tech as an assistant to Bill Curry in 1983. As part of the Georgia Tech coaching staff, Hendrickson won a national championship in 1990. In 1992, he was hired at the University of Iowa as an assistant to Hayden Fry. Following a brief stint at Southeast Missouri State University, he returned to Iowa, and was shortly thereafter hired as an assistant at Western Illinois. Hendrickson served as Offensive Coordinator from 1999 to 2007. While part of the Leatherneck coaching staff, WIU appeared in the playoffs in 2000, 2002, and 2003. He was named acting head coach in 2008, and later head coach in 2009.[1] Hendrickson led the Leathernecks to the Division 1-FCS playoffs in 2010, where they won over Coastal Carolina and lost to #2 Appalachian State. The 2010 Leathernecks ended the 2010 season #17 in the The Sports Network final poll and #20 in the FCS Coaches poll. Hendrickson finished second in the final voting for the 2010 Eddie Robinson Award, awarded by The Sports Network .

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing
Western Illinois Leathernecks (Missouri Valley Football Conference) (2008–2012)
2008 Western Illinois 5–2 3–1 4th
2009 Western Illinois 0–8 0–8 9th
2010 Western Illinois 8–5 5–3 2nd
2011 Western Illinois 2–9 1–7 9th
2012 Western Illinois 3–8 1–7 9th
Western Illinois: 18–32 11–29
Total: 18–32

Personal life[edit]

Hendrickson and his wife Ericka have three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Northern Illinois 2012 Football Media Guide (PDF). Macomb: Western Illinois University. 2012. pp. 6–7. 
  2. ^ "Western Illinois football coach won't return". The Register-Mail (Galesburg). GateHouse News Service. November 20, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2012.