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Henrickson signs three-year extension

Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson hugs Katie Smith after defeating New Mexico 78-69 in the WNIT basketball game on Monday, March 30, 2009 in Rio Rancho, N.M. Henrickson signed a three-year extension with KU on Thursday.

Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson hugs Katie Smith after defeating New Mexico 78-69 in the WNIT basketball game on Monday, March 30, 2009 in Rio Rancho, N.M. Henrickson signed a three-year extension with KU on Thursday.

August 13, 2009, 2:40 p.m. Updated August 14, 2009, 12:00 a.m.


Bonnie-ball at KU

Bonnie Henrickson’s year-by-year record at Kansas:

2008-09: 22-14 (6-10 in Big 12, WNIT Finals)

2007-08: 17-16 (4-12, WNIT second round)

2006-07: 11-20 (4-12)

2005-06: 17-13 (5-11, WNIT second round)

2004-05: 12-16 (5-11)

Totals: 79-79 (24-56)

Henrickson signs contract extension

Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson signed a three-year contract extension. The extension ensures the position through the 2013-2014 season. Enlarge video

Bonnie Henrickson has signed on for three more years as women’s basketball coach at Kansas University.

“This is a great time to be at KU,” Henrickson said Thursday after netting an extension that will keep her in Lawrence through the 2013-14 season.

“Between the beautiful new facilities we have and the talent on this year’s team, I’m as excited about the future as I’ve ever been,” added Henrickson, who returns four starters from last year’s 22-14 team, including senior All-America candidate Danielle McCray.

Also on hand for Henrickson’s sixth season will be highly acclaimed freshman point guard Angel Goodrich, who missed the 2008-09 campaign because of a torn ACL.

“The kids on the team have been coming up and saying, ‘Coach, people everywhere are talking about the season.’ That’s a good thing,” Henrickson said. “Our last game was a sellout (in finals of WNIT). The next time we’ll be in the fieldhouse it’ll be full for Late Night.”

It’s an exciting time professionally for the former Virginia Tech coach, whose compensation remains the same. She will continue to be paid $485,000 annually with a retention agreement of $150,000, making the total compensation package $635,000 per annum.

Last year’s success — KU lost to South Florida in the finals of the WNIT in a season in which the Jayhawks also downed No. 5 Baylor — as well as promise for this year has caught the attention of recruits.

Henrickson has already received three commitments from high school players in the Class of 2010.

“It’s a great vote of confidence from (athletic director) Lew Perkins which speaks volumes in recruiting,” Henrickson said. “This gets me out to five (more seasons at KU).

“Families do their homework and are interested in my tenure. Kids want to know. I can say to them, ‘If you don’t like me, don’t come. I’m not going anywhere.’ I’m thrilled to have the tenure and ability to move forward.”

She has more than her own job security to use in recruiting.

There’s a new women’s locker room in a renovated Allen Fieldhouse, and a new practice facility that the men and women will both use. Horejsi Center and the fieldhouse courts will also remain available, meaning court-time conflicts should be rare.

“For kids in the last class and the one we are working on now, those are the ones who got to see the facility DVD and artist renderings,” Henrickson said. “I don’t know how many times I watched the DVD and laid out (rendering) boards (in homes of recruits). It makes a huge difference.

“We’ve talked a lot about it. It’s nice to see it come to fruition. We’ve been down in Texas so much (recruiting). They have nice facilities in Texas. This matters to kids and coaches.”

Perkins, who hired Henrickson to replace Marian Washington six years ago, issued a statement on the extension.

“We are excited about what the future holds and very pleased that Bonnie will be the coach to lead us into that future,” Perkins said. “She has done an excellent job building our women's basketball program to a high level in what is perhaps the most difficult conference in the country.”

Henrickson has high hopes for the 2009-10 season.

“No one is more excited than I am about the program. Nobody has more expectations than I do,” said Henrickson, who is 79-79 at KU after compiling a 158-62 record at Virginia Tech in seven seasons. “Losing is not fun. We came here to win and make a difference in kids’ lives. I think we’ve done that and think we’re turning the corner (on the court).”

Goodrich update

Henrickson said Goodrich, a 5-4 playmaker from Tahlequah, Okla., continues to play in pick-up games as she recovers from ACL surgery. She tore her ACL in the left knee in the second practice of her rookie season.

“She is running, jumping, played pick-up all summer,” Henrickson said. “The kids tell me she looks good playing pick-up.”


Steve Jacob 8 years, 10 months ago

I will get ripped I am sure, but was KU woman's basketball so bad, that after 5 years she leads KU to the WNIT and gets a three year extension?

Phillbert 8 years, 10 months ago

srj - Yes. Henrickson has spent her entire tenure at KU so far just digging out of the deep hole that she inherited. Given the very positive direction of the program, this is deserved and is similar to what Perkins did by giving Mangino an extension before the Orange Bowl season (though he also got a raise then, too.)

Between the talent they have coming back and the players who are hitting the court for the first time they should make waves in the Big 12.

Robert Rauktis 8 years, 10 months ago

She's overpaid EVEN if she wins whatever they call the title.

dinglesmith 8 years, 10 months ago

Four graduates last year. One in only three years. All recieved academic honors. Three are headed to grad school and the other to an internship with major accounting firm. That, my friends, is pretty darn good.

ralphralph 8 years, 10 months ago

So, will this be like when Mangino got his contract extension? That is, they can go back to sucking again, like the football team?

Jim Williamson 8 years, 10 months ago

"So, will this be like when Mangino got his contract extension?"

Yeah. Orange Bowl wins over #3-ranked teams suck. The football team really oughta cut that out.

kujayhawk 8 years, 10 months ago

KU football sucking again? KU football is pretty damn good now.

Jim Williamson 8 years, 10 months ago

He must've meant last year, when KU sucked all the way to 8-5 and a bowl rout of a Big 10 team.


Jim Williamson 8 years, 10 months ago

Extension or no extension, Bonnie's seat has to be warm.

Her excuse last year was that her prized PG recruit blew a knee before the season ever even started. Anyone who saw the team the rest of the season saw what the lack of a point guard with any offensive skills at all can do to a team. Even at the WNIT final, KU was playing 4-on-5 on offense.

She needs to make a solid showing in the Big 12 and make the NCAA tournament this year.

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