Meet Hawks defensive coordinator Michael Henderson. Originally from New York, Henderson graduated from Mount Vernon High School in New York in 1977. This year, his first with the Hawks organization, is his 41st year of coaching.
Henderson has a wealth of experience at numerous different levels, including every level from youth football all the way up to the semi-pro ranks. He has also coached wrestling in Michigan since 1991. He also owns his own wrestling company, which has seen his wrestlers achieve state championships and all-american status. Henderson is well-versed in judo wrestling, and teaches all styles of wrestling, and is also a member of the USA/AAU Wrestling League. He has held a certification as a nutrition/fitness trainer since 1992, and was also a bodybuilder on a national level in the past.
Henderson’s role models include (former tennis player) Arthur Ashe, (former football player) Dick Butkus, (former Olympic wrestler) Dan Gable, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Vince Lombardi. When he isn’t scheming how to win football games, Henderson enjoys working on cars, being a handyman, and mentoring children.
“I joined the Hawks because I want to be involved with a good program that is involved in the community, and is changing the face of semi-pro football,” said Henderson. “I have high respect for head coach David Lange and what he is trying to accomplish by working with the community. I look forward to continuing to work with him to make this the best semi-pro football team in the state of Michigan!”