MSU's Henderson picked as coach of the year

MSU coach Gary Henderson
Staff Writer

What happens when you lead a team from lifelessness all the way to college baseball’s biggest stage?

You get rewarded.

That’s what Mississippi State head coach Gary Henderson found out on Wednesday when he was selected as the 2018 Perfect Game/Rawlings Coach of the Year. Henderson earned the honor after being thrust into the role of the Bulldogs interim head coach just three games into the season following the abrupt resignation of Andy Cannizaro. Henderson then guided MSU all the way to the College World Series.

Since punching a ticket to Omaha, Henderson has continually given all the credit to those around him.

“Everybody got onboard,” Henderson said last Sunday after Mississippi State won its super regional over Vanderbilt. “I go back to that again and again and again. I keep thinking about the same exact thing. All these guys made a choice to get onboard with the coaching staff. They bought in. They did everything that we asked. They grew. They got better. We started with humiliation and we’re sitting here now and we’re going to Omaha. It’s unbelievable.”

For more on Henderson's honor, see Thursday's Starkville Daily News.