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Clendon Henderson

Title: Associate Head Track & Field Coach

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. In January 2018, he was promoted to Associate Head Track & Field Coach.

Henderson, who coaches Liberty's throwers, has helped guide Flames to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships during eight of his 12 years on staff. Most recently, Chelsea Igberaese (women's discus) and Denzel Pratt (men's javelin) both qualified for the 2019 NCAA national meet.

Pratt (227-1 men's javelin) was one of four Liberty throwers to set ASUN all-time records during the Flames' first year of conference competition in 2019. He was joined by Jose Ballivian (58-8.5 indoor men's shot put), Kyle Mitchell (61-3 outdoor men's shot put) and Naomi Mojica (52-3.75 outdoor women's shot put and 49-5 indoor women's shot put).

In 2020, Mitchell (62-10.5) and Mojica (50-4) each set new ASUN all-time shot put records at the ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships. Mitchell's huge mark took down Henderson's own program record by a foot, while Mojica led a Liberty 1-2-3 sweep of the ASUN women's shot put podium. Meanwhile, freshman John Hicks claimed victory in the ASUN men's weight throw competition.

The year 2020 also saw Henderson head up the Flames' first time hosting the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex.

Eight different Flames throwers qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. The successful year saw the Lady Flames win all six Big South women's throwing events, indoors and outdoors. Newcomers Naomi Mojica (52-3.25 women's shot put) and Patria Vaimaona (168-7 women's discus) both set Big South all-time records.

In total, Liberty throwers have won 54 Big South event titles, 11 ASUN event titles and five ECAC event crowns, while breaking school records in nine different events during the past 12 seasons, as well as a Bahamian national record (Denzel Pratt – men's javelin).

Certified as a Throwing Specialist by the USTFCCCA and as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Henderson earned an All-America 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, Henderson starred in both track & field and six-man football. He then began his collegiate career at South Plains College, under the direction of current Liberty Head Coach Lance Bingham. 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 former Head Coach Brant Tolsma's daughter Brenda in June 2007, and the couple resides in the Lynchburg area. The Hendersons have three sons, Colton, Adrian and Abram, and a daughter, Cheyanne.