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Lou Henson

Basketball Player
Male
Born Jan 10, 1932

Lou Henson is a former college basketball coach. He retired as the all time leader in victories at the University of Illinois with 423 victories and New Mexico State with 289 victories. Overall he had 779 victories, putting him in sixth place on the all-time list. Henson began his coaching career at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Henson was head coach of the varsity for four seasons, and won state championships in 1959, 1960, and 1961.… Read More

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  • Henson, Havlicek Among Those Headed Into College Hoops Hall
    Yahoo News - Feb 17, 2015
  • Illini Put On Highlight Show Herald & Review
    Google News - Sep 11, 2011
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    Google News - Sep 07, 2011
  • This Week In The Big Ten Big Ten Conference
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CHILDHOOD

1932 Birth Born on January 10, 1932.

TWENTIES

1959 27 Years Old Henson began his coaching career at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Henson was head coach of the varsity team for four seasons, and won state championships in 1959, 1960, and 1961.

THIRTIES

1962 30 Years Old He started coaching at the college ranks in 1962 at Hardin-Simmons University.
1966 34 Years Old In 1966, he took over at his alma mater, New Mexico State University. … Read More
1970 38 Years Old In 1970, Henson would help lead the Aggies to the Final Four for the only time in the school's history. … Read More

FORTIES

1975 43 Years Old In 1975, Henson moved to the University of Illinois to replace Gene Bartow, after Bartow left Illinois to replace John Wooden at UCLA.

FIFTIES

1989 57 Years Old He would lead the Fighting Illini to the 1989 Final Four. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1997 65 Years Old In 1997, Henson was named interim head coach at New Mexico State after Neil McCarthy was abruptly fired before the start of the season. … Read More
1998 66 Years Old His 1998–99 team won the Big West regular season and tournament titles—notably, the first time in Henson's career that he had won a conference tournament.
2004 72 Years Old He retired for good midway through the 2004–05 season due to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. … Read More
2007 75 Years Old In July 2007, Henson announced that he was again undergoing chemotherapy for the same strain of lymphoma that he had battled four years previously. … Read More
2014 82 Years Old Henson "returned to coaching" at age 82 as coach of the New Mexico House of Representatives team in a charity contest versus the New Mexico State Senate team on February 7, 2014. … Read More
2015 83 Years Old …  On February 17, 2015, Henson was selected as a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
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