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Ex-Marcus basketball coach Danny Henderson officially introduced at Duncanville
Duncannville AD Cathy Self-Morgan: 'If you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em, that’s what I say'
Duncanville has enlisted a four-time state championship coach and given him the task of returning its boys basketball program to state and national prominence.
Danny Henderson, who has guided Flower Mound Marcus to three consecutive Class 5A state titles, was introduced May 11 as the new head coach of Duncanville, which lost to Marcus in the playoffs the past three seasons.
“If you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em, that’s what I say,” said Duncanville athletic director Cathy Self-Morgan, who as a coach guided the school’s girls basketball team to its seventh state championship during the 2010-11 season.
Henderson, 50, has an overall record of 685-161 and was 115-6 in three seasons at Marcus. He replaces Eric McDade, who resigned to become the head coach of the Southlake Carroll boys basketball team after putting together a 66-35 record in three seasons at Duncanville.
“I’ve known Coach Self-Morgan for a very long time, and when she calls, you listen,” Henderson said. “I was not looking, but the situation she and [Superintendent] Alfred Ray have set up for me was one that I couldn’t pass up.
“They got me excited.”
Henderson inherits a team that finished 19-15 overall and 10-4 in District 5-5A before its season ended against Marcus in the area round of the Region I playoffs. Duncanville’s returning nucleus includes 6-7 post Omar Sherman and a pair of guards, Jerami Grace – back after missing several games because of injury last season – and Matthew McQuaide.
“It’s by no means a Marcus-type team, but it’s a good, solid group,” said former Duncanville boys coach Phil McNeely, who guided the team to its most recent state title in 2007 and won 702 games in 27 years at the school. “We need to get this program back to where it was before. I’ve watched Danny over the years and think he’s the right guy at the right time.”
Henderson outlined his expectations for his new team.
“I know that they are going to love each other, that’s first and foremost, and we are going to tell them that we love them and that we are somebody they can count on in their lives,” he said, referring to his staff of current Duncanville assistant coach Cory Chism and former Marcus assistant Kenny Boren. “I know they are going to do things right, and they are going to play defense.”