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John Hendrick begins his first season as the defensive line and special teams coach for the Green Wave in 2011.
A native of Camden, N.J., Hendrick brings 29 years of collegiate and professional experience to the Green Wave football team. He has 11 years of coaching special teams. He assisted the special teams coaches for two National Football League teams-- the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers-- and was the special teams coach for eight seasons at Mississippi State and his last season at USF. Hendrick has coached the defensive line at both the NFL and collegiate levels for 15 years.
"We're very excited to add someone of John's caliber and experience to our coaching staff," Toledo said. "He brings great experience and knowledge not only from a special teams standpoint but from the defensive line standpoint as well to our program. It's very rare to find that combination in a coach. He has an abundance of enthusiasm and has great passion for special teams, and I believe he'll be a great role model for our players."
Hendrick comes to Tulane after spending the 2009 and 2008 seasons at the University of South Florida. During his two years with USF, he helped the Bulls to a combined record of 16-10 and a pair of bowl wins. Among the highlights were USF's victories over Florida State and West Virginia in 2009 and North Carolina State and Kansas in 2008.
During the 2008 campaign, he worked with the defensive line in coordination with assistant coach/defensive ends Kevin Patrick during much of the 2008 season. That same season, he also took oversight of the Bulls special teams and shifted into that the full-time of special teams coordinator for 2009. Under his guidance, USF set the Big East Conference single season record for kickoff return yardage.
Prior to USF, Hendrick, was the defensive coordinator at South Carolina State, where his Bulldogs held opponents to 19.6 points and 287.1 yards per game. They also intercepted 11 passes, forced 19 fumbles, recovered 11 fumbles and collected 17 sacks. SC State finished the 2007 season with a 7-4 record, including outscoring opponents 138-49 in three consecutive victories to close the season.
Prior to joining the staff at South Carolina State, Hendrick served four years (2003-06) as head coach for Benedict College in Columbia, SC, where he compiled an 18-24 mark. Off the field, he helped raise the football graduation rate from 10 percent to 90 percent, produced the school's first two winning seasons since 1995 and his defense ranked among the nation's best for four straight years.
Hendrick also served college coaching stints at Mississippi State (1995-02), Temple (1993-94), Louisiana State (1989-90), Texas A&M (1987-88), Pittsburgh (1984-85), Southern (1986-87) and Delaware State (1983).
During eight seasons at Mississippi State, seven as defensive line coach, Hendrick proved to be an integral part of MSU's rise to the nation's lead in total defense and rushing defense in 1999. Under his guidance, MSU's first line defense allowed only 222.5 yards in opponent total offense and 66.9 yards of rushing offense to its foes. MSU's defense led the Southeastern Conference in every category.
Hendrick is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he received his bachelor's degree in public administration in 1982. During his time at Pitt, he was a three-year letterman for the Panthers' football team from 1979-81. Hendrick earned all-independent honors as a defensive lineman twice in 1980 and 1981, and was part of a Pitt team that finished with a mark of 33-3 and won three straight bowls during his final three seasons.
An ordained minister, Hendrick and his wife, Katherine Steele-Hendrick are the parents of two children Amber, who is a law student at the University of Maryland, and John, who will be a freshman quarterback at the Naval Academy this fall.