Coaching basketball at the top
Bonnie Henrickson has guided teams to postseason appearances 12 of the last 13 years.
Bonnie Henrickson ’86 coaches basketball on the very campus where the greats of the game made their names. James Naismith, the inventor of the sport, Phog Allen, the father of basketball coaching, and Wilt Chamberlain, who once scored 100 points in a professional game, all made stops at the University of Kansas.
Henrickson is head coach for the Jayhawks' rising women's program. In 2005-06, her team has set a program record for consecutive victories, earned the first post-season appearance since 2000 and broke a 36-game drought against ranked opponents by defeating No. 23 Texas.
Winning is a consistent theme across more than two decades of playing and coaching. As a four-year player at St. Cloud State, Henrickson helped her team compile a 97-25 record, including a 31-4 mark her sophomore season. She was a two-time team captain and three-time all-conference pick. Her coaching positions include successful stints with Virginia Tech, USA Basketball and Iowa. Her head-coaching resume includes five NCAA postseason appearances and the 2005 Carol Eckman Award, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association honor for coaches who model attributes such as sportsmanship, honesty and courage.
The Willmar, Minnesota native earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education at the University. She was inducted into the SCSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.