Josh Henson was a four-year letterman at Oklahoma State from 1994-97 before spending the last 18 years building quite an impressive coaching resume. He served as recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach under Les Miles at Oklahoma State, and again at LSU, before taking the position of offensive coordinator at Missouri under Gary Pinkel.
Last month Henson accepted the position of assistant head coach/offensive line and run game coordinator at Arizona State but has had a change of heart and decided to remain in Stillwater where he served as an offensive analyst in 2016.
“Oklahoma State is my alma mater and will always have a special place in my heart. The opportunity to come back and be part of Cowboy football is special to me,” Henson said. “I want to thank Coach Gundy for giving me the opportunity to come back. I want to thank Coach Graham for the opportunity to coach at Arizona State, though it was for a short time. What excites me about returning to Stillwater is the opportunity to take OSU to the next level. When you win 10 games, winning those extra couple games is a real challenge, and I’m excited to have that opportunity.”
Part of taking the Cowboys to the, “next level” will be winning some recruiting battles, particularly along the offensive line, and Henson knows a thing or two about doing just that. As LSU’s recruiting coordinator, Henson assembled a pair of top-10 recruiting classes in 2006 and 2007 that helped the Tigers win the BCS National Championship in 2008.
“Josh is highly intelligent and he knows the things that need to happen for us to be successful at Oklahoma State,” Mike Gundy said. “We know him well and we’re excited about what he brings to our team.”
Henson now becomes the fourth offensive line coach under Mike Gundy in the last five years but brings with him the recruiting expertise that allowed him to be named as one of college football’s top 25 recruiters in 2006 and 2007 by Rivals.com. Offensive line has been a position of struggle for the Cowboys in recent seasons, hence four coaches in five years, but Gundy is hoping that Henson’s home coming will be the key to turning the line around.