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Bonnie Henrickson[edit]

Bonnie Henrickson is the head women's college basketball coach at the University of Kansas. She was born in Willmar, Minnesota, and attended St. Cloud State University where she graduated in 1986. She earned her master's degree from Western Illinois Unoversity, where she also served as a graduate assistant Prior to becoming the head coach at Kansas, she was the head coach at Virginia Tech, where she led the Hokies to a 158-62 record, including 7 Post-season appearances. In every season, Virginia Tech won 20 or more games. She also served as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa.[1]


Bonnier Henrickson is a native of Willmar, Minnesota. She has four siblings. She graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1986. When playing at SCSU, she helped win three Northern Sun Conference championships and advance to three NCAA Division II quarterfinals. In her four years SCSU had a 97-25 record, including a 31-4 record in her sophomore season. She has records at SCSU in total points scored (4th - 1,731), rebounds (3rd - 995), free throws (1st - 507) and free throw percentage (4th - .790). She also was named to the All-Conference Team three times. Henrickson was a team captain her junior and senior years. She earned her Master's degree in Physical Education in 1988 from Western Illinois University while holding the position as a graduate assistant coach with the women's basketball team.[2]

As a leader[edit]

• 2005 Carol Eckman Award Winner • 2004-05 Kansas City Star honorable mention consideration for Big 12 Coach of the Year • 2004 Virginia SID Coach of the Year • 2003 Head Coach USA Jones Cup Team (Gold Medal) • 1999 National Coach of the Year finalist • 1999 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year • 1999 Asst. Coach USA World University

Under her leadership[edit]

• 8 postseason appearances • Average 21 wins per season • 2 conference championships • 1 NCAA Sweet 16 • #9 AP Top 25 ranking

Under her guidance[edit]

• 3 WNBA draftees • 14 all-conference performers • 3 Academic All-Americans NCAA APPEARANCES 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004

Team [3]

Coaching Career[edit]

Virginia Tech 1997-2004[edit]

Henrickson was head coach at Virginia Tech for seven years. From 1997-2004, she led the Hokies to a record of 158-62 record and seven post season appearances. Under her leadership Virginia Tech reached twenty plus victories each season. She also led the Hokies to five NCAA tournament and two WNIT appearances. A major turnaround occurred in 1997 during Henrickson’s first basketball season with the VTU. After coming off a 10-21 record the previous year, she led the Hokies to their first Atlantic 10 conference title and NCAA second round appearance. She ended the season with a 22-10 record. In the 2003-2004 season with the Lady Hokies, Henrickson led her team to a 23-8 overall record, with a record of 10-6 in the Big East conference. For the second straight year, Virginia Tech made the second round of the NCAA tournament. After establishing a great career at Virginia Tech, Henrickson left to coach at the University of Kansas. [4]

University of Kansas 2004-Present[edit]


In 2004-2005, Kansas established its most wins, twelve and four Big 12 conference wins, in four seasons. The Jayhawks also placed eighth in the Big 12, which was their best ranking in five years. In 2005, Henrickson earned the Carol Eckman Award given by WBCA. This award recognized her for having spirit, integrity, and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, behavior, courage, and dedication to purpose. [5]


Kansas showed a tremendous turnaround in the 2005-2006 season. The post season ended with a birth in the WNIT, which was Kansas’s first appearance since 2000. Henrickson guided the Lady Jayhawks to a 17-13 overall record, which was Kansas’s first winning season in six years. In addition, Henrickson guided the Jayhawks to their most consecutive wins, twelve, to start the season, which broke the school a record. Kansas also broke the drought of a thirty-six game loosing streak against ranked opponents by beating number 23 Texas. [6]


The 2006-2007 would be a challenge to Henrickson, as she brought in seven freshman with only two seniors. Kansas won their last five out of seven games. Freshman Kelly Kohn and Danielle McCray each received Big 12 Newcomer Awards. Kohn also picked up New Comer of the Week (Dec 17 2006). McCray earned herself the honor as a member of the Waco Tribune-Herald Big 12 All Freshman Team.[7]


Her Jayhawk squad in 2007-2008 posted a winning record of 17-16. While sophomore guard-forward Danielle McCray received All-Big 12 Honorable mention by the league coaches. A freshman Krysten Boogard was also honored that year by making the Big 12 All-Rookie Team. Under her guidance, the Jayhawks advanced to the post play by appearing in the WNIT. Henrickson’s second time in the WNIT in her four years coaching at Kansas. [8]


The 2008-2009 season marked one of the most successful seasons Kansas has had in women’s basketball. The Jayhawks opened the season with an 11-2 record against non-conference opponents. Although they struggled in the beginning of conference play, Henrickson and her dedicated team won four of the five conference games, including victories over number 23 Iowa State and number 5 Baylor. The Jayhawks ended regular season placing seventh in the Big 12, with a 6-10 record in conference play, the most wins in Henrickson’s career at KU. [9]

Junior guard, Danielle McCray also had a break through season. McCray was placed on the Big 12 First Team. She was also All-American Honorable Mention by both The Associated Press and State Farm. McCray also earned three Big 12 Player of the Week awards. At the end of her junior was selected as All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year. McCray was also a gold medalist for the USA Olympic team in Serbia. [10]

The post season was a big step in the program. Kansas won four straight games in the WNIT including wins against Arkansas, New Mexico. Although falling to South Florida in finals, Henrickson and the Jayhawks set a new attendace record. When KU hosted South Florida in the WNIT finals they set a record in attendance for women’s basketball with 16,113 people. KU also finished the season ranked in the top 25 on the NCAA attendance chart. [11]


[edit] Preceded by Carol Alfano Virginia Tech Head Women's Basketball Coach 1997–2004 Succeeded by Beth Dunkenberger

Preceded by Marian Washington Kansas Head Women's Basketball Coach 2004– Succeeded by Current

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