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  • Henderson named new coach at Branson

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  • Kaiser, Mo. – The search for a new head football coach at School of the Osage has begun.
    Coach Dan Henderson announced this week on Monday that he has accepted a job as the new football head coach at Branson High School, replacing Steve Hancock.
    Henderson is currently head football coach at School of the Osage High School, where he has been employed since 2007.  Prior to that, Henderson was the football coach and activities director for 10 years at Mount Vernon. Before that, he was at Vandalia and Norborne.
    Henderson is a graduate of Central Methodist University and earned a graduate degree from William Woods University.  
    His teams have earned 12 district titles and made nine appearances in the state quarterfinals.  Henderson was named the Missouri Class 3 Coach of the Year in 2006 and inducted into the Missouri Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011.
    Henderson's squad at Osage finished the 2013-2014 season with a 3-6 record in the regular season, which ended in the Class 3 District 3 tournament with a 43-40 loss to Salem. The year before that, the Indians fell to Eldon in the district title game.
    The man he replaces, Steve Hancock, leaves Branson High School after 28 seasons to be the head football coach at Catholic High School in Springfield.
    Henderson says that he wasn't looking for a different job, but that when it was offered, he and his family decided it was a good move.
    "Osage has been good to myself and my family," Henderson said. "We're going to start the next chapter in our lives, and it felt like the right move."
    Henderson begins his duties with the district on July 1.  
    "I've known Dan for years, and it's a great opportunity," Osage superintendent Brent Depée said. "We wish him well and the very best, and we're going to miss him."

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