Henderson resigns as Rocky women's basketball coach

2014-03-17T17:30:00Z 2014-03-18T00:32:08Z Henderson resigns as Rocky women's basketball coachBy BILL BIGHAUS bbighaus@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Brian Henderson has resigned after 13 seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Rocky Mountain College.

The Frontier Conference school made the announcement in a press release on Monday evening.

"I want to thank Brian for all he has done for our student-athletes and this college," athletic director Robert Beers said in the release. "He is one of the nicest and supportive people I have had the privilege of working with. He will be missed."

No successor to Henderson has been named.

A Malta native, Henderson compiled a 158-230 record with the Battlin' Bears since taking over the program in 2001-02. His teams had four winning seasons, but just two in the last 11 years.

Rocky went 0-16 in the Frontier Conference this season and finished 7-18 overall. The Bears lost their final 15 games and failed to make the postseason tournament for the first time in Henderson's 13 seasons.

"I want to thank Rocky for allowing me to be the women's basketball coach for as long as I have," Henderson said in the school's release. "Rocky is a great institution and I am proud to have been able to call it home.

"We've had some amazing young women go through our program over the years and I'll cherish those friendships."

His best campaigns came in 2002-03 and 2011-12 when the Bears put together 18-12 records.

Henderson took over as head coach in February 2001, replacing Scott Severance.

He had spent two seasons as Severance's assistant and also served as the school's sports information director for two years after arriving on campus in August 1999.

"It's time for me to be able to put my family first," Henderson said. "They have always been asked to make sacrifices so I could be a college basketball coach. I think after 20 years of coaching college basketball I need to be with my own children more."

Henderson and his wife, LynAnn, will have two sons in high school in the fall. One daughter, Jace, is headed to the University of Montana in the fall to play volleyball, while another, Dani, is coaching basketball in Laurel.

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