University of Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson has been named pitching coach on the 2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, USA Baseball announced Wednesday.
Henderson will join the staff headed by St. John's head coach Ed Blankmeyer during the summer. LSU head coach Paul Mainieri and San Diego head coach Rich Hill — a former teammate of Henderson at San Diego State — will complete the coaching staff.
"I am excited to join the USA Collegiate National Team this summer," Henderson said in a UK news release. "USA Baseball has such a vital role in promoting and growing our sport. I am excited to help contribute to such a stellar organization and work alongside such a great staff at USA Baseball, including (executive director/CEO) Paul Seiler and (general manager) Eric Campbell. The opportunity to work with some of the best minds in our game, and some of the top student-athletes in college baseball is truly an honor. I am looking forward to joining Rich and Paul on Ed's staff this summer."
The 2012 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, Henderson is in his eighth year as Kentucky's head coach and his 12th year on UK's staff after serving as the associate head coach from 2004-08. Henderson's previous seven seasons directing the UK program mark the most successful in school history. His time with the Wildcats has been historic, as UK has won an SEC Championship, earned its first ever No. 1 national ranking, and ran up a 22-game winning streak — the second-longest in SEC history. UK's 2014 season saw its eighth all-time NCAA Tournament berth and was highlighted by the development of unanimous national player of the year AJ Reed.
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Henderson's time with the 2015 USA Collegiate National Team will mark his second opportunity with USA Baseball, having previously served as an instructor during the 14-Under National Development Team Program. It marks the first time a UK head coach has joined the USA Collegiate National Team since John Cohen in 2005.