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Clendon HendersonAssistant Coach
College: Liberty ('08)
Start Date: 8/1/2008
Clendon Henderson has served on the Liberty track & field staff as an assistant coach ever since becoming the second Flames track & field athlete to be both an All-American and an Academic All-American during his own collegiate career.
Henderson, who coaches Liberty's throwers, has helped guide Flames to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships each of his four years on staff. Last year, Melinda Bendik became the first Lady Flame thrower ever to reach the NCAA national meet, placing 16th in the women's hammer final.
Additionally, Liberty throwers have won 19 Big South event titles and two ECAC event crowns, while breaking seven different school records during the past four seasons. Three of the five Liberty throwing event records which have not been broken during that time are owned by Henderson himself.
Certified as a Throwing Specialist by the USTFCCCA, Henderson earned an All-American certificate during his final college meet, the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The senior recorded a third-place finish in the discus final, becoming the first thrower in Liberty history to win All-America recognition.
During his senior season of indoor track & field, Henderson qualified for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, placing 14th in the shot put. He ended his career with three Liberty and Big South records, including indoor shot put (61-10.5), outdoor shot put (61-3) and discus (204-3).
Henderson, who graduated with a 3.72 grade-point average in kinesiology in May 2008, garnered many academic awards, headlined by a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America notation. He was additionally a two-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team member and won two Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. Henderson was also presented with the inaugural Dr. Jerry Falwell Leadership award.
At Meadow High School, also the alma mater of Liberty associate head track & field coach Lance Bingham, Henderson starred in both track & field and six-man football. He then began his collegiate career under Bingham's tutelage at South Plains College. As a sophomore at South Plains in 2005, Henderson was a junior college All-American, after placing second in the discus at the NJCAA national meet.
Henderson married Coach Brant Tolsma's daughter Brenda in June 2007, and the couple resides in the Lynchburg area. The Hendersons have a son, Colton, who was born in December 2010, and a daughter, Cheyanne, born in May 2012.