Dr. Rose Henderson named volleyball head coach
By Jay Davis
Mobridge chiropractor Dr. Rose Henderson was named the new head coach of the Mobridge-Pollock volleyball team with the approval of the School Board on Monday evening.
Henderson is the seventh full-time coach the Lady Tigers have had since the program began in 1988.
“I am very excited to see what we can do with the program,” said Henderson. “There are a lot of building blocks in place. We want to keep building on what’s already been placed.”
While this is Henderson’s first time as a head coach, she does have coaching experience. She was the eighth-grade coach in Volga while in college, and a high school assistant in Ohio before coaching for the Junior Olympic team in Youngstown, Ohio. She and husband, Dr. Josh Henderson, moved to Mobridge in 2009.
Even though it is her first year, she is not unfamiliar with the Lady Tigers. Henderson has worked as a line judge for Mobridge-Pollock games and has done some side work with individual players.
“I know some of the girls,” said Henderson, “I’ve worked with some of them.”
Originally from Pequot Lakes, Minn., Henderson played at South Dakota State University from 1997 through 2000.
“I had some success there,” said Henderson. “It was fun. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Some success is a bit of an understatement.
Her senior year, she set the Jacks’ single-season kill record at 564 and the career kill record at 1,724. The single-season record still stands. She is second on the all-time kill list. During the season she was named the North Central Conference player of the week three times and the Division II National Player of the Week twice.
Following that season she was swarmed with honors. Henderson was named American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II All-American and a Daktronics Division II All-American. Add to that she was named the NCC MVP. She also received NCC and all-district academic honors and is the only Jacks volleyball player to ever receive the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
She is one of five former players to be a member of the 1,000 club in kills and digs. Her 1,316 career digs rank eighth all time. She is the only member of the club with a combined 3,000 kills and digs.
To quote the Jacks’ 2012 Volleyball Media Guide on her senior season, “Ebnet (maiden named) posted the finest individual season by a Jackrabbit, earning North Central MVP honors while leading the league in kills. She set SDSU single-season and career records for kills as the Jacks advanced to the region finals.”
Henderson comes from a family with a rich volleyball history. She has six sisters, two who played volleyball at SDSU and another who played at another college.
“It’s in our family,” said Henderson. “Volleyball is in our blood.”
Henderson will be assisted by another first-year coach in Kara Piatt.
“Kara and I are like-minded,” said Henderson. “She played some college ball too.”
Rose and Josh (MHS graduate) have lived in Mobridge since 2009. They have two boys; 7-year-old Shane and 5-year-old Wyatt.